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 Travelers arriving from overseas wait in a long line all wearing masks to go through quarantine at Narita International Airport in Narita, east of To...
 A Chinese security officer wearing masks as a precaution against the swine flu stands guard in front of a sealed-off hotel, where Mexican travelers a...
 Hotel guests look out from the window of the Metropark Hotel after police seal off the area in Hong Kong Tuesday, May 5, 2009.  Guests and employees ...
 Medical staffs wearing protective masks as a precaution against the swine flu, look out from the main entrance of the Metropark Hotel after police se...
 An Aeromexico plane chartered by Mexican government to transport Mexican travelers who have been held in quarantine at a hotel in Shanghai, takes off...
 An unidentified Mexican passenger, second from right, was transported to special entrance at Pudong International Airport to aboard a Mexican airplan...
 Mexican, Pedro Dias, 28, walks past journalists as he arrives at the Mexican embassy with luggage to catch a chartered flight out of Beijing, China, ...
 Unidentified Mexican travelers who have been held in quarantine at a hotel, are checked by Chinese inspectors after they were transported to special ...

Japan Swine Flu

Travelers arriving from overseas wait in a long line all wearing masks to go through quarantine at Narita International Airport in Narita, east of To...

China Mexico Swine Flu

A Chinese security officer wearing masks as a precaution against the swine flu stands guard in front of a sealed-off hotel, where Mexican travelers a...

Hong Kong Swine Flu

Hotel guests look out from the window of the Metropark Hotel after police seal off the area in Hong Kong Tuesday, May 5, 2009. Guests and employees ...

Hong Kong Swine Flu

Medical staffs wearing protective masks as a precaution against the swine flu, look out from the main entrance of the Metropark Hotel after police se...

APTOPIX China Swine Flu

An Aeromexico plane chartered by Mexican government to transport Mexican travelers who have been held in quarantine at a hotel in Shanghai, takes off...

APTOPIX China Swine Flu

An unidentified Mexican passenger, second from right, was transported to special entrance at Pudong International Airport to aboard a Mexican airplan...

China Mexico Swine Flu

Mexican, Pedro Dias, 28, walks past journalists as he arrives at the Mexican embassy with luggage to catch a chartered flight out of Beijing, China, ...

China Swine Flu

Unidentified Mexican travelers who have been held in quarantine at a hotel, are checked by Chinese inspectors after they were transported to special ...

A Chinese plane sent to Mexico to retrieve its citizens was returning Wednesday, completing an agreement reached amid a diplomatic row over China's swine flu quarantine of Mexican nationals that also has ensnared travelers from the U.S. and Canada.
Mexico flew dozens of its nationals home from China, freeing them from a quarantine that the Latin American country criticized as unfair and discriminatory.
China defended its strict measures to block the swine flu virus from entering the world's most populous nation, with the Cabinet saying Beijing will continue to impose strict medical examinations and checks on travelers from swine flu-hit regions.
China has been accused in the past of not acting quickly enough to combat the spread of diseases, especially the 2003 global outbreak of SARS. Chastened by that experience, and subsequent threats from bird flu, the government this time has acted quickly and decisively to block an outbreak, even if some of its measures have been considered over-the-top.
Of the 71 Mexicans China held at hospitals and hotels in China, none had swine flu symptoms and most had no contact with infected people or places, Mexican diplomats say. Mexicans, including the consul general in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, were apparently being picked up simply on the basis of their nationality.
Mexico has reported 840 of the nearly 1,600 confirmed cases of swine flu in 20 countries worldwide. China's Health Ministry says the country has no confirmed or suspected cases of swine flu.
The chartered plane picked up Mexicans in Shanghai, Beijing and the southern cities Guangzhou and Hong Kong before taking off for Mexico City early Wednesday.
China's Foreign Ministry has denied singling out Mexicans, saying it was purely a medical matter and it hoped Mexico would be "objective and calm."
The plane Beijing sent to Mexico to pick up its stranded nationals was due to return to Shanghai on Wednesday with about 100 people.
China's central government will allocate 5 billion yuan ($725 milllion) for flu prevention and control, the State Council said in a statement following a meeting presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao.
The American Embassy in Beijing said a pair of U.S. citizens were quarantined in a hotel in a suburb of the city, while another two people who had earlier been kept in isolation in the southern cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen were allowed to leave Monday.
A group of 29 Canadian university students and a professor have also been quarantined at a hotel in China since the weekend over swine flu fears. Canada has 140 confirmed cases of swine flu.
In Hong Kong, 274 people were halfway through a weeklong quarantine in a hotel after a Mexican traveler there was determined to have swine flu. Hong Kong's leader appeared on TV to apologize to them, and the government offered free hotel lodging and free Hong Kong Disneyland tickets to travelers who wanted to stay on after the quarantine as a gesture of thanks.
In the Philippines, the health secretary said two people in the central city of Cebu were being tested for swine flu after three other patients were cleared of the virus. Singapore said it ordered six locals and two foreigners to home confinement for a week after arriving on flights from Mexico.
Elsewhere in Asia, South Korea confirmed a second case Tuesday, a 44-year-old Catholic nun who the Health Ministry said had recovered and was due to be released from a military-run hospital Wednesday.
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Associated Press writers Mark Stevenson in Mexico City, Min Lee in Hong Kong, Hyung-jin Kim in Seoul and Henry Sanderson and Gillian Wong in Beijing contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-06-13 20:36 GMT+08:00