Lakshay Parmar

Corona virus: India urges China to allow the return of Indian students from Wuhan

Lakshay Parmar 27 Jan 2020 12:00am

Corona virus: India urges China to allow the return of Indian students from Wuhan

NEW DELHI: India has requested China to permit over 250 Indian students who are stuck in Wuhan which is the epicentre of a new SARS-like virus – coronavirus, to leave the city.

 

Approximately 700 Indian students, mainly medical students, are thought to be studying at various universities in Wuhan and its surrounding areas. Officials also prohibited anyone from leaving Wuhan, the 11 million-strong city which is at the center of the viral outbreak and has infected nearly 1,300 people and killed 41 more.

Several students managed to leave the city on January 23, just before it was sealed off. India has stepped up monitoring of arriving passengers from China, especially from Wuhan.

 

The sources said India has asked both the Chinese Foreign Ministry and local officials in Wuhan to consider making arrangements for the Indian students to leave, despite the prevailing situation.

The Corona virus belongs to a group of viruses which causes diseases in mammals. The victim of this virus will show signs of common cold, runny nose, and sore throat and sometimes fever. The new virus is temporarily named “2019-nCoV”.

The sources said India has asked both the Chinese Foreign Ministry and local officials in Wuhan to consider making arrangements for the Indian students to leave, despite the prevailing situation.

 

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told media that, "We are always supporting foreign consular officials in China in their official jobs, we are providing them with all the assistance and comfort they need, and we are working to guarantee legitimate rights and interests of foreign citizens in China."

 

Officials also expanded transport bans to 17 other cities surrounding Wuhan in an effort to control the SARS-like virus, limiting travel for about 56 million in Hubei province. While India has previously issued travel advisories to Indians traveling to China in view of the coronavirus, the Indian Embassy has in recent days set up hotlines for students in Wuhan to extend assistance and talked to local officials about adequate food supplies and other necessities.



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