Finns flown from Wuhan to France back in Finland

The Foreign Ministry did not disclose the number of Finns involved or whether or not they would be quarantined.

French officials quarantined some of the passengers on the repatriation flight from Wuhan at a holiday village in Normandy. Image: Lou Benoist / AFP

A group of Finnish citizens who were evacuated from Wuhan, China to France on Friday morning returned to Finland on Friday afternoon, according to the Foreign Ministry.

China is currently in the grip of a novel coronavirus outbreak which began in Wuhan in Hubei province.

The ministry confirmed the return flight to Finland on Twitter late Friday afternoon, adding that the onward flight from Paris was a joint effort involving other Nordic countries.

“The Foreign Ministry has assisted Finns with a repatriation flight from Wuhan to Finland via France. The onward flight from Paris was organised in cooperation with other Nordic countries,” the ministry tweeted.

Earlier on Friday, the French paper Le Parisien had reported that the passengers flown to Paris from Wuhan were to be quarantined in Normandy. It noted that the flight held 28 French citizens and 36 nationals of other countries.

The ministry did not disclose the number of Finns who returned on Friday, nor did it provide details of the airport where they arrived.

It also offered no comment on whether or not the people returning from the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak would be quarantined.