Flight Carrying More Than 200 Aussies From China Lands In Darwin
A Qantas flight carrying more than 200 Australians evacuated from the coronavirus epicentre of Wuhan in China has landed in Darwin.
The travellers were to disembark through the RAAF base rather than the main airport terminal and be taken by bus to the disused Manigurr-Ma work camp 30km from Darwin to be monitored for the virus that has killed at least 800 people.
The Australian Border Force said there were 266 evacuees on the plane, including 77 children, 11 infants and one "less-than-able" 90-year-old man.
Eight on board were students from the Pacific Islands who were allowed on the flight on humanitarian grounds.
Evacuees were initially expected to be quarantined on Christmas Island, before a decision was made on Friday to bring them to the former Inpex workers site.