A military plane that repatriated 15 Colombians from the Chinese city of Wuhan to COVID-19 arrived in Bogotá on Thursday, where they are received by a team of health experts, authorities said.
The Boeing 767, called “Jupiter”, landed at 22.37 Colombian time (03.37 GMT) in the Bogota Military Transportation Air Command (Catam) from Madrid, the city where the plane made a technical stop this morning.
The plane arrived in Wuhan from South Korea on Wednesday and spent about three hours in that city, where “the Chinese and Colombian health authorities conducted the relevant medical tests.”
From there he left for Mumbay (India), where he made a technical stop and headed to Madrid.
The Minister of Health, Iván González, said this afternoon that the country is already prepared “not only to receive these people who come today, but to receive and have the ability to address the epidemic that is in humanity.”
“When the plane stops on the platform, the Colombians will be evacuated one by one, they will be taken up in vehicles and transferred to the Sports Village of Coldeportes. Then they will be disembarked and taken to a room,” he explained.
He added: “They will go into preventive isolation for 14 days. The crew that attends them on the flight will also go into isolation.”
The Ministry of Health on Monday changed from low to moderate the level of risk of the coronavirus arriving in Colombia before the most recent infections in Europe and other parts of the world.
The Colombian health authorities have not yet reported any cases.
The accumulated number of deaths in China by COVID-19, the disease caused by Wuhan’s coronavirus, stands at 2,788 and that of confirmed cases, at 78,824, according to the latest balance sheet offered by the National Health Commission, updated to last Midnight local time (16.00 GMT on Thursday).
Of the total confirmed cases, 39,919 are still active, 8% less. However, among these patients there are 7,952, 20%, who are in serious condition.