he ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. January 29, 2020. (Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/Handout via Reuters)

(Reuters) - Nearly 200 Americans evacuated from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China could be released from quarantine at a U.S. Air Force base in California on Tuesday after 14 days, a leading U.S. health official said.

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The dozens of Americans quarantined at a US Air Force base in California over the coronavirus have described taking boxing, Zumba, and even accounting classes as ways to pass the time, The Washington Post reported.

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Joseph Ruiz, a contractor who works for Starlight Corporation sprays water on the bottom of a C-17 Globemaster III during an aircraft wash at March Air Reserve Base, California, Jan. 8, 2020. (U.S. Air Force/Joshua J. Seybert)

The 195 Americans who fled Wuhan, China this week and are now being housed at March Air Reserve Base in Ontario, California will be quarantined for two weeks, tweeted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.

NPR reported the CDC as saying that the 14-day period began with their removal from Wuhan on Tuesday. CDC official Dr. Nancy Messonnier told NPR that the quarantine order is "an unprecedented action" in response to "an unprecedented public health threat."

"We would rather be remembered for overreacting than under-reacting," said Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, on a press call with reporters, according to The Washington Examiner. Messonier said she does not believe the presence of the quarantined evacuees will affect the residents of Ontario, NPR said.

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Passengers walk past personnel in protective clothing after arriving on an aircraft, chartered by the U.S. State Department to evacuate government employees and other Americans from the novel coronavirus threat in the Chinese city of Wuhan, at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California, U.S., January 29, 2020. (Reuters/Mike Blake)

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - The Trump administration launched a task force with a brief to protect the United States from the fast-spreading coronavirus, as the country prepared to evacuate more of its citizens from the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, China.

In a statement on Thursday, the U.S. State Department said Washington would arrange extra evacuation flights from Wuhan with capacity for private U.S. citizens, on or about Feb. 3.

It did not say how many planes it would deploy for how many people, but that passengers would be subject to screening, health observations and monitoring requirements.

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A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 911th Airlift Wing is towed across the flightline at March Air Reserve Base, California, Jan. 7, 2020. (Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

March Air Reserve Base in California will host nearly 200 U.S. citizens who were flown out of Wuhan, China due to the rapidly-spreading coronavirus, a Defense Department spokeswoman announced on Wednesday.

"March Air Reserve Base and the Department of Defense (DoD) stand ready to provide housing support to Health and Human Services (HHS) as they work to handle the arrival of nearly 200 people, including Department of State employees, dependents and U.S. citizens evacuated from Wuhan, China," said Pentagon press secretary Alyssa Farah in a statement on Wednesday.

Wuhan is the epicenter of the coronavirus, which is a mild to severe respiratory illness that's associated with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The virus has so far killed 132 people and infected nearly 6,000 others in China, according to news reports.

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An F-16 returning to March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley after a routine training mission crashed after its hydraulics failed and its pilot ejected, base officials said Thursday.

The jet crashed into a building off the base, on Van Buren Boulevard near the 215 Freeway, about 3:45 p.m.

Captured on a dashboard camera by a commuter on the freeway, the jet appeared to be leaning to one side as it dropped to the ground outside the base.

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