Hundreds more American evacuees from the hot zone of the Chinese coronavirus arrived on two flights to California Wednesday, officials said.
The two State Department-chartered planes, which were carrying around 350 passengers, landed Wednesday morning at Travis Air Force Base near Fairfield, about 50 miles northeast of San Francisco, the US Defense Department said.
The planes took off from the Chinese city of Wuhan, which was placed on lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
One of the planes continued on after refueling in northern California to Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego, while the other passengers will be housed in a hotel on Travis Air Force Base, officials said.
The travelers on both of the jets will be placed under quarantine for two weeks — the known incubation period for the virus, officials said.
Other planes carrying Americans from Wuhan are set to arrive Thursday at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska, the US Centers for Disease Control said.
Nearly 200 Americans are already quarantined at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif., after arriving last week on a charter plane from Wuhan.
A dozen cases of the deadly virus have been confirmed in the US, with the latest coming in Wisconsin.
With Post wires