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Brazil's lower house of Congress approves coronavirus quarantine bill

Brazil's lower house of Congress approves coronavirus quarantine bill

FILE PHOTO: Employees wear masks as a precautionary measure to avoid contracting coronavirus as they work at Guarulhos International Airport in Guarulhos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil, Jan 31, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli/File Photo)

BRASILIA: Brazil's lower house of Congress late on Tuesday (Feb 4) approved a bill laying out rules for the quarantine of Brazilian nationals returning from China who may be infected with coronavirus, as well as other measures to combat the disease.

The measures will be in force as long as the public health emergency declared by the World Health Organization is in place.

Also on Tuesday, Brazil obtained authorisation from China to fly two planes to the city of Wuhan at the centre of the new coronavirus outbreak to evacuate Brazilian citizens who asked to be repatriated.

READ: Brazil to declare emergency, quarantine nationals returning from China

Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo said two 36-seat Embraer C-190 planes flown by the Brazilian Air Force will leave on Wednesday morning and arrive in Wuhan on Friday after refuelling stops en route.

Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo said 29 people, including four family members who are Chinese nationals, would be evacuated, as well other Brazilians who live outside Wuhan.

The passengers, medical staff and the crew of the planes will be quarantined for 18 days at an Air Force base in Anapolis, 150km west of the capital Brasilia.

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Source: Reuters/nr

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