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“Evacuation Details Under Wraps so We Can’t Spill It to the Media”

Wuhan, China. January 30, 2020. Hector RETAMAL / AFP

The 151 South Africans who have signed up to be evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, are anxiously awaiting details about when the operation will take place. At present, they don’t even have basic information, for example when they’re expected to be at the airport, said South African Amy Pittaway, a teacher in Wuhan, in an interview with Cape Talk radio.

“They are quite hush-hush about it, understandable because when the Americans landed they were bombarded with press and people who did not want them in the country,” said Pittaway.

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