Wuhan virus: UK withdraws some staff from China embassy

A coronavirus healthcare notice at Heathrow Airport in London.
A coronavirus healthcare notice at Heathrow Airport in London.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - Britain is withdrawing some staff from its embassy and consulates in China due to the coronavirus, the British government said in a statement on Saturday (Feb 1).

"As of 31 January, some staff and dependants from the British Embassy and Consulates are being withdrawn from China. Essential staff needed to continue critical work will remain," the statement read.

"In the event that the situation deteriorates further, the ability of the British Embassy and Consulates to provide assistance to British nationals from within China may be limited," it said.

As of Jan 31, the US State Department said it required family members of embassy staff in China under the age of 21 to leave China immediately, a US embassy spokesman said.