ANCHORAGE, Alaska: A plane carrying consular staff members and other US nationals evacuated from Wuhan province due to the coronavirus outbreak landed in Alaska to refuel before continuing on to California.
The State Department said a chartered flight had left Wuhan early on Wednesday (Jan 29) with 240 American citizens on board.
The US is among several countries trying to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan as the death toll from the outbreak rose sharply to 132 on Wednesday with nearly 1,500 new cases.
The White House is holding daily meetings on the outbreak and monitoring China-US flights as a likely source of infections, sources briefed on the matter said, though it had decided against suspending air traffic for the time being.
"All options for dealing with infectious disease spread have to be on the table, including travel restrictions," said US Health Secretary Alex Azar.
A senior Trump administration official said airlines had not been asked to suspend flights, after CNBC reported that the White House had told airline executives it was considering such a move.
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