Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
UPDATED 8:15 AM PT — Thursday, April 9, 2020
The U.S. has continued to repatriate citizens amid travel restrictions from the coronavirus. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed more than 50,000 American citizens have already been returned home from abroad.
More than 490 flights were required to bring citizens back from 90 different countries. Nonetheless, Pompeo said there are still Americans abroad who will need to reach out to the government to ask for assistance in returning home.
“We still have several thousand we’re working on,” he stated. “…Citizens go to the State Department website, identify themselves and say ‘I need a little bit help in some way’ and we do our best to get that to them just as quickly as we can.”
While many commercial airliners have offered to help the government in any way, officials are also utilizing private and military airplanes.
Pompeo also clarified there is no time limit for repatriating citizens and said the administration will continue its efforts as long as there are Americans in need abroad.