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Coronavirus outbreak: Stranded Pakistani students appeal for evacuation

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Filed on January 28, 2020
Coronavirus outbreak, coronavirus, India, Bihar, health, China, warning, travel, China virus, mers, sars, Wuhan, evacuation, Pakistan

Pakistani students in Wuhan posted a video on Twitter appealing that they be evacuated at the earliest.

In the wake of the deadly coronavirus spreading in Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, the government imposed a lockdown that left millions stuck in the city.   

According to Tribune.com.pk, after the lockdown was implemented starting Thursday morning, some Pakistani students  in Wuhan posted a video on Twitter appealing that they be evacuated at the earliest.

In the footage, a group of Pakistani students of the Wuhan University of Science and Technology are seen wearing surgical masks and pleading the government prompt action. 

"We've been trapped on the campus for so many days. And now we're also running out of food supplies. We appeal to the Pakistani government to rescue us. Other countries are doing all they can to help their citizens stuck in the city," a girl student, who identifies herself as Hafsa Tayyab, says in the clip. 

She further adds that Wuhan has been cut off from the rest of the country since the lockdown halted public transportation, including city buses, trains, and ferries. It is reported that are almost 200 Pakistani students in Wuhan alone.

The video went viral, prompting China's Ambassador to Pakistan, Yao Jing, posting a video message assuring all Pakistanis in China are "safe and in good health".

"There is close coordination between Pakistan's Embassy in Beijing and the Chinese government to facilitate the citizens in any way possible amid the viral outbreak," the Chinese ambassador said.


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