Australians in Wuhan accuse Morrison government of treating them like ‘leftovers’

Australians stuck in Wuhan are becoming increasingly desperate as their evacuation window closes, accusing the government of treating them like “leftovers”.

Up to a dozen minors are among the 100 Australian residents and citizens still trapped in the Hubei province due to a lockdown aimed at stopping the increasingly deadly coronavirus.

People wear protective masks and clothing in Wuhan on Monday.Credit:Getty Images

While some had registered for the two Qantas and one Air New Zealand evacuation flights out of Wuhan and failed to show up, others say they have been abandoned by the Australian government after multiple attempts at joining the waitlist.

Those left behind now fear that they will lose their jobs and run out of medication. One Australian, who asked not to be identified, said “parents hearts are aching” for Australian children stuck in Hubei, where the majority of more than 42,767 cases and 1013 deaths world-wide have been recorded.


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