In wake of the new deadly virus outbreak in China, 25 Indian students, 20 from Kerala are trapped in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus.
As per a report filed by The Times Of India, 14 others are studying at a hospital in Yichang, 300 km from Wuhan. The death toll rose to 25 in 830 reported cases of the new coronavirus in China.
The Indian Embassy in Beijing said that it was closely monitoring the situation in Wuhan and was in touch with Indians in Wuhan. The Chinese embassy in India has also started two hotlines – +8618612083629 +8618612083617 – to assist people following the outbreak of the virus.
A total of 1,072 suspected cases have been reported in 20 provincial-level regions. To prevent the spread of the new virus, lockdown measures are increasing across China’s Hubei province.
As fears of a global pandemic spread, Wuhan, Hubei’s capital of 11 million people where the virus first emerged, has no trains or planes in or out. Public transport have also been suspended in Huanggang, Ezhou, Zhijiang, Qianjiang and Wuhan in Hubei province.
On the other hand, an Indian nurse working in Saudi Arabia has tested positive for coronavirus, but with a different strain from the one that has claimed several lives in China, the Indian Consulate in Jeddah stated.
The Indian Consulate in Jeddah clarified that the nurse found positive for coronavirus was suffering for MERS-CoV and not 2019-NCoV (Wuhan).
Fears of further spread of coronavirus loom large across the world with millions of Chinese travelling home and abroad for the Chinese New Year and Spring Festival holidays starting from January 24th, 2020. These two festivals trigger mass migration.
Eight other confirmed cases have been reported around the world – Thailand has confirmed four cases, while the United States, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan have each reported one.
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