Grant Shapps the transport secretary has confirmed that the government are looking in to plans to repatriate stranded Brits in Hubei province “as soon as possible.”
Shapps said he spoke with the foreign secretary on Monday evening and said the government will do everything that is “needed to be done” to protect British citizens.
Currently the government are working on establishing the exact number of Britons stuck in Hubei province.
Speaking to Sky News Shapps said, “We are asking anybody that is in the affected region to contact the consulate.
“The first thing we have to do is to establish the number of people there, that work has been ongoing.
“We don’t automatically have a list of people who happen to be in the region.” Anyone who is stuck in the region must contact the British consulate.
He added, “We keep having to push the message out… to ask people to get in contact. Not everyone wants to be repatriated, and we’re working with international colleagues to do that.”
It is believed that around 300 British citizens are in the coronavirus affected area of Wuhan and the surrounding areas.