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One of the two remaining Papua New Guinea students in Wuhan, China, has flown out on an Australia assisted flight.
The flight arrived safely in Darwin last Sunday, 09 February.
This has been confirmed by the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby.
The PNG government, through the Ministry and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, conveyed their sincere gratitude to the people and the government of Australia for their kind and humanitarian support.
This yet again showed Australia’s presence and commitment to the Pacific, especially at a time when the safety and welfare of Australian citizens is just as important, the department said in a statement. “The PNG government is grateful indeed.”
Apart from the 252 Australians onboard the Sunday flight, there were eight Pacific islands’ students – seven from Vanuatu and one Papua New Guinean.
All passengers on the flight, including the PNG student, are being quarantined for the novel coronavirus at Howard Springs near Darwin, Northern Territory for 14 days.
The department would be meeting with officials from the Australian High Commission this week to discuss arrangements for the return of the PNG student from Darwin to PNG, at the conclusion of the quarantine period.
Only one PNG citizen, a student, remains in Wuhan on her own wish, the department said.
Meanwhile, the 12 PNG students originally stranded at Shanghai international airport in China a week ago due to the coronavirus outbreak fears that made headlines here in PNG have arrived back in the country safe.
A customs officer on duty at the Jackson International Airport confirmed that at 5.30am Tuesday the group arrived on a Hong Kong flight and were immediately taken into quarantine and inspected by health officials, before being released to their anxious families.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the officer said the students came through with face masks and were immediately taken into a quarantine room within the international arrivals lounge by Health Department officials, where the officer believed they were thoroughly checked.
“All were released so I think they were cleared,” the Customs officer said.
This brings to a close more than a week (Feb 4-11) of anxiety and distress for the families of the students since residents of Wuhan city, China, including the students, trying to catch interconnecting flights from Shanghai through the Philippines and Singapore to PNG, and elsewhere, were disallowed due to the escalating coronavirus threat there.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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