The United States has called on its nationals abroad who want to return to their homes to do so now before the Coronavirus turns into a "tsunami" with which it loses the ability to evacuate them.
"There is no guarantee that within a few weeks the State Department will be able to continue to assist in the evacuations," said Ian Brownley, who is in charge of coordinating efforts to return US nationals from abroad.
He warned that what is available today from using commercial flights or even chartering private planes may become impossible in the near future.
He added: "If there are American citizens who want to return to the United States, they should make arrangements now."
He continued: "If you are standing on the beach and the ground starts shaking beneath you, then you do not remain there waiting for the tsunami to arrive, but rather you are searching for a safe haven .. Well, in this case, the earthquake has already occurred, and it is time for you to resort to a safe haven and not to hope." To receive help later! ".
The US Department of State organized the evacuation of more than 30,000 Americans from abroad, but on Wednesday it warned that its ability to continue to do so could diminish within weeks.