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Americans Flown In From China Are Under First Quarantine In 50 Years

The charter plane carrying Americans evacuated from Wuhan lands at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside on Wednesday. (Matt Hartman/AFP via Getty Image)
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued federal quarantine orders for 195 Americans who were flown from China to March Air Reserve Base in Riverside -- the first time in 50 years federal authorities have imposed a quarantine.

The passengers, who include U.S. diplomats and their families, were evacuated earlier this week from Wuhan, which is at the epicenter of a worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Their flight was initially scheduled to land at Ontario Airport, a designated repatriation site for the federal government.

The news of the quarantine came as concern about the new virus rapidly grew. American and United Airlines announced earlier today that they are canceling flights out of China, according to the Associated Press.

Later in the day, the Trump administration announced that effective Sunday at 2 p.m. Pacific time, it will prevent entry into the United States of all foreign nationals, except immediate family members of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, who have traveled through China in the last 14 days. Also, U.S. citizens who have been in Hubei Province in the previous 14 days will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine.

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