The UK Government is chartering a final flight to bring British nationals back from coronavirus-hit Wuhan as the outbreak continues to claim more lives.

The plane is expected to leave in the early hours of Sunday morning local time and will land at RAF Brize Norton in West Oxfordshire, the Foreign Office said.

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It added that officials want to ensure all British nationals in Hubei province contact their team to register if they want to leave on the flight.

It is understood that 165 Britons and their dependants remain in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, while 108 people have requested assistance to leave as of the early hours of Wednesday.

A total of 94 UK nationals and family members have already been evacuated to Britain from Wuhan on two flights which arrived on Friday and Sunday.

Oxford Mail: The coach of Britons leaving Brize on Sunday. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA WireThe coach of Britons leaving Brize on Sunday. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

One passenger, Anthony May-Smith, was taken to hospital in Oxford after telling medics he felt unwell, while the rest of those who came back are in quarantine at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral.

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Mr May-Smith told Sky News yesterday he now feels 'fine' but said he had had 'a bit of a cough and a sore throat' in China and was put in a quarantine area with about 30 others on the initial flight from Wuhan to France, which then made its way to Oxfordshire.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Tuesday night: "We have been working round the clock to help British nationals leave Hubei province, on UK, French and New Zealand flights.

"The Foreign Office is chartering a second and final UK flight with space to help all British nationals and their dependants remaining in Hubei to leave.

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"I encourage all British nationals in Hubei to register with our teams if they want to leave on this flight."

Earlier, Mr Raab said: "We now advise British nationals in China to leave the country if they can, to minimise their risk of exposure to the virus."

Meanwhile, the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak continues to rise with Chinese authorities reporting 490 victims and an increase in the number of cases to 24,324.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Monday there were "no plans to evacuate all remaining UK nationals in China".

He added: "We haven't seen the peak of the coronavirus by a long stretch and we expect more cases in the UK.

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"We have a full plan in place to treat all those who have symptoms and test positively for coronavirus and we are working with international partners both to slow the spread and also to do the research that we need to do to find a vaccine."

Health officials are trying to trace 239 people who flew from Wuhan to the UK before travel restrictions came into force.

The Department of Health said that, as of Tuesday, 414 people have tested negative for coronavirus.

The World Health Organisation said it is still early in the outbreak, but coronavirus does not yet constitute a pandemic.

Elsewhere, Public Health England (PHE) confirmed a Belgian woman on board the same French flight that brought back UK citizens from China on Sunday has tested positive for the new strain.

Nick Phin, PHE's National Infection Service deputy director, said: "All of the individuals who were on this flight are currently in supervised isolation and are being monitored for symptoms."