This is the emotional moment when a mother and her two children are reunited with their father after being under coronavirus quarantine for weeks.
Yanjun Wei and her two children, Mia and Rowan, were released from quarantine on Tuesday at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California.
The trio had been trying to get home from the coronavirus epicenter in Wuhan, China, since the end of December, when the deadly disease was first discovered.
They had been evacuated to the US under 180 passengers on February 5 and then placed on military base under a 14-day quarantine to ensure that they would not spread the virus now known as COVID-19.
Wei’s husband Ken Burnett eagerly waited at Sacramento International Airport when his family finally got everything to return to their home in San Diego.
Yanjun Wei and her two children, Mia and Rowan, were reunited with their father Ken Burnett on Tuesday after two weeks under coronavirus quarantine
Wei became emotional when she described her joy in seeing her husband for the first time since the end of December. She and her children were isolated for weeks in Wuhan, the epicenter of the corona virus outbreak, before being evacuated on a charter flight to the US
Burnett flew from the family home in San Diego to Sacramento to meet his wife and children when they were released from their 14-day quarantine
“I’ve been waiting for this day,” said Wei Krca-3 with tears of joy at the airport.
Burnett’s flight from San Diego landed in Sacramento minutes before his family arrived on a Travis AFB bus.
The father waited with open arms as they got off the bus.
“I couldn’t sleep last night, the expectation was too much,” the father said ABC10.
Wei had brought her children to her native China for the holidays and planned to meet Burnett in Hong Kong at the end of December, but the rapidly spreading virus was in the way.
They spent weeks in self-isolation when their home in China was nearly finished when Wei was told that she and her children would be evacuated on one of the five flights chartered by the US Department of Foreign Affairs.
“We were afraid we would be there because who knows how long,” Wei said.
“We were very lucky to be on that flight.”
The mother said that the frustratingly long journey home was made easier by officials from the Ministry of Health and Human Services who cared for them while being quarantined at Travis AFB.
“Those guys, they’re amazing. They are the best people. Yes. I cannot thank them enough. It’s like … what they do for us, it’s extraordinary, as my expectations exceed, “Wei said.
Wei thanked officials from the Ministry of Health and Human Services who took care of her and her children while being quarantined at Travis AFB
The plane that Wei, her two children and 177 other American civilians have evacuated from Wuhan arrives at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield on February 5
The evacuees were housed in the Westwind Inn (photo) on the military base
Wei and her two children are just a few of the approximately 750 Americans who have been evacuated from Wuhan, the city that has seen almost all 2,007 coronavirus deaths worldwide.
All evacuees were quarantined at five military bases throughout the country.
The group at Travis AFB was released on the same day as a further 166 passengers quarantined at Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, California.
The Miramar evacuees threw their masks in the air after they had received everything.
One of the Americans, Yu Lin, posted several photos on Twitter to celebrate the end of her quarantine.
She showed tags on one photo, which means she has passed her last health check. In another, she and her fellow evacuees threw their face masks in the air in celebration.
“Many people asked me how I feel, I can only recognize my feeling now,” wrote Lin Tuesday morning.
“It’s like graduation. Bittersweet, happy, nervous, grateful, leaving friends behind, leaving people who took care of us, maybe a little tears … just no hugs. “
Fifteen cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the US from Wednesday and more than 75,000 people worldwide are sick of the virus, for which no cure is known.
Evacuees at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar throw masks in the air in the celebration after they could miss everything on Tuesday
Fifteen coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the US from Wednesday, and more than 75,000 people worldwide are sick of the virus, for which no cure is known