U.S. consulate staffers and other Americans in Wuhan will be evacuated to California on Wednesday as the death toll rose to 106 from a new virus racing through China.

Wuhan, a city of 11 million in central China, is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. The city is one of more than a dozen under tight lockdown as the government struggles to contain the virus.

The State Department said some private, paying U.S. citizens would be added to the charter flight leaving Wuhan Tianhe International Airport bound for Ontario, California.  

“This capacity is extremely limited and if there is insufficient ability to transport everyone who expresses interest, priority will be given to individuals at greater risk from coronavirus,” the department said in a statement.

About 1,000 Americans are believed to be in Wuhan, although not all want to leave. Some are married to Chinese nationals, who are not eligible for the flight that is scheduled to carry about 240 passengers and crew. 


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