Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the Federal Government will try to evacuate “isolated and vulnerable Australians” trapped in China because of the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.
The National Security Committee of Cabinet met earlier today and decided to launch the operation, after a briefing from Chinese authorities in Beijing on Monday.
Mr Morrison said Australian children and elderly people in the virus-hit city of Wuhan would get priority.
They will be taken to Christmas Island for quarantine.
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