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A chartered plane carrying about 200 Japanese nationals evacuated from Wuhan arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday morning, according to Japanese media reports.

The passengers, who were examined by four medical professionals during the flight, will be asked to stay at home for two weeks and be on the lookout for symptoms, Kyodo news agency said.

The Japanese foreign ministry, however, said none of the passengers was infected with the coronavirus, according to Kyodo.

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A total of about 650 Japanese have asked to be evacuated from Wuhan. A second charter flight bound for Wuhan is expected to leave Tokyo on Wednesday evening, with additional flights to follow. The first plane arrived in Wuhan on Tuesday night carrying emergency relief supplies including 15,000 masks, 50,000 pairs of gloves and 8,000 protective glasses, the foreign ministry said.

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