Last flight from China arrives at Tijuana Airport as coronavirus causes evacuations

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are being enforced locally. The last flight until mid-May from China into the Tijuana International Airport arrived this afternoon.

Countries with citizens in the central Chinese city that’s the epicenter of a viral outbreak are planning evacuations as the number of illnesses grow and China takes drastic measures to try to stop the spread of the virus.

Fears of the coronavirus forced officials at the border express crossing in Otay Mesa to take extra precautions as the final flight arrived at 1:55 p.m.

The outbreak was first noted in late December in the industrial city of Wuhan in the Hubei province of central China. China on Tuesday reported 25 more deaths from a new viral disease, raising the total to at least 106, as the U.S. government prepared to fly Americans out of the city at the center of the outbreak.

The CDC’s guidance indicates people who have casual contact with a case — “in the same grocery store or movie theater” — are at “minimal risk of developing infection.”

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