Passengers sprayed with hoses on runway after flying from coronavirus epicentre

A group of people were sprayed by officials wearing hazmat suits as they disembarked their plane from the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

The travellers had flown from Wuhan in China to the Indonesian city of Batam where they were greeted by the hose brandishing officials.

As soon as they walked down the steps they were doused in disinfectant by five yellow suit wearing health workers.

The plane landed in Batam yesterday, The Jakarta posted reported.

A spokesperson for the country's president, Joko Widodo, told the publication: "All have been declared healthy according to World Health Organization standards."

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After they were sprayed, the passengers were transported to a military base on Natuna Island where they will remain in strict isolation.

It will be two weeks before they are released.

On Friday Brits were flown back from Wuhan to the UK.

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Not amongst them is Connor Reed, who is sticking it out in the city after beating the virus.

He was diagnosed in Wuhan after struggling to breathe.

The 25-year-old man, who has lived in the country for three years to teach English, was kept in hospital for two weeks and feared the worst.

"'I was stunned when the doctors told me I was suffering from the virus. I thought I was going to die but I managed to beat it," Connor said.

“I used the inhaler which helped control the cough and drank a hot whisky with honey until that ran out.

Despite being contacted by the British authorities and offered a place on a flight, Connor intends to stay in Wuhan.

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