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Tents set up at March Air Reserve Base for screening additional Americans evacuating from China

A woman refills a bottle with hand sanitizer gel while in the check-in hall at the Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. China ramped up efforts to contain a new respiratory virus thats killed nine people and infected hundreds, as the outbreak spread to Asias financial capital with the first reported case of the deadly illness in Hong Kong. Photographer: May James/Bloomberg via Getty Images

March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County is setting up three additional large tents at the base in preparation for the possible arrival of more Americans being evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak.

News Channel 3 is told the tents could be used for the arrival of any planes that are not able to land in their primary or secondary destinations.

According to Riverside County officials, the tents would only be used for medical screenings.

This is in response to a request from from the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services for support for 1,000 people that may need to be quarantined.
The development comes as Chinese officials report 361 people in China have died from the Coronavirus.

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