05 February 2020 – Evacuation of Malaysian citizens stranded in the Hubei province

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Foreign Affairs
Intervention Categories: International travel measures; Repatriation of nationals
Level of Jurisdiction: Supranational
Lead People/Agency: The National Disaster Management Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Overview: Evacuation of Malaysian citizens stranded in the Hubei province after the Chinese government locked down the city of Wuhan due to the novel coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV) outbreak. Permission was sought from the Chinese government to undertake these operations.
Full details here: https://www.pmo.gov.my/2020/02/2019-ncov-the-mission-to-bring-back-malaysians-in-wuhan/

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Type of Justification: Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee, Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report), Perception of an increased threat
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – government, International – government
Evidence/Justification: Evolving situation in China, including rising case numbers and related fatalities. China’s decision to lockdown Hubei province for an indeterminate period of time, stranding citizens.
Potentially also the decision on the part of other countries including Japan, France and the United States to evacuate citizens from the epicenter of the outbreak.