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Coronavirus outbreak highlights: Centre to take steps for possible evacuation of Indians from Wuhan

Coronavirus outbreak: "It was decided that steps may be taken to prepare for possible evacuation of Indian nationals in Wuhan. Accordingly, the Ministry of External Affairs will make a request to the Chinese authorities," a statement issued by the Indian government said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 28, 2020 8:54:00 am
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Coronavirus outbreak highlights: The Indian government Monday decided to take steps for the possible evacuation of over 250 Indians from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, and announced a raft of precautionary measures to deal with suspected cases.

Officials said the Ministry of External Affairs will make a request to the Chinese authorities for the evacuation of Indian nationals, mostly students, stuck in Wuhan city. “It was decided that steps may be taken to prepare for possible evacuation of Indian nationals in Wuhan. Accordingly, the Ministry of External Affairs will make a request to the Chinese authorities,” a government statement said.

Earlier today, even as the death toll from the deadly coronavirus mounts to 80 in China, the Indian Embassy in Beijing also asked Indian nationals in Wuhan to inform them if they encounter any shortage of food, water, and other essential supplies. The embassy also asked the Indian nationals who are not in possession of their passports to inform it with details of name, passport number and to whom the document was submitted. Explained: What is coronavirus?

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    22:26 (IST)27 Jan 2020
    Centre to take steps for possible evacuation of Indians from Wuhan

    The Centre on Monday decided to take steps for the possible evacuation of over 250 Indians from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak. Officials said Ministry of External Affairs will make a request to the Chinese authorities for the evacuation of Indian nationals, mostly students, stuck in Wuhan city.

    "It was decided that steps may be taken to prepare for possible evacuation of Indian nationals in Wuhan. Accordingly, the Ministry of External Affairs will make a request to the Chinese authorities," a government statement said.

    21:27 (IST)27 Jan 2020
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    China's capital Beijing reported its first death caused by the new coronavirus on Monday, the state television station CCTV said. The 50-year-old, who had been to Wuhan, centre of the coronavirus outbreak, had been confirmed infected with the virus on Jan. 22, CCTV reported. (Reuters)

    21:05 (IST)27 Jan 2020
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    20:59 (IST)27 Jan 2020
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    No case of the virus has been detected so far in Punjab.

    20:53 (IST)27 Jan 2020
    Gujarat CM seeks Jaishankar help for Gujarat students in China

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    In a release, the Gujarat government said as many as 100 students from the state are stuck in China, and informed that Rupani has spoken to Jaishankar on the phone and asked him to intervene to ensure their safe return home. (PTI)

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    17:03 (IST)27 Jan 2020
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    15:31 (IST)27 Jan 2020
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    15:10 (IST)27 Jan 2020
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    Wuhan, in the central Chinese province of Hubei, is on lockdown. Transport restrictions have been strictly enforced, forcing many like Srikanth to remain within the four walls of their homes for the last five days. Click here to read more.

    15:08 (IST)27 Jan 2020
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    Tens of millions of Chinese who visited their hometowns or tourist spots were due to return home this week in the world’s largest movement of humanity, raising the risk the virus might spread in crowded trains and planes. (AP)

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    14:30 (IST)27 Jan 2020
    Mumbai: Fourth person isolated for suspected novel coronavirus

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    14:24 (IST)27 Jan 2020
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    coronavirus, china coronavirus, china coronavirus death toll, death toll, wuahn coronavirus, India coronavirus, coronavirus in India FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 file photo, Passengers wear protective face masks at the departure hall of the high-speed train station in Hong Kong. Fear about the effects of a new virus found in China is spreading faster through financial markets around the world than the sickness itself. (AP)

    The epidemic has revived memories of the SARS outbreak that originated in China and killed nearly 800 as it spread around the world in 2002 and 2003. Its spread has come amid China’s busiest travel period of the year when millions crisscross the country or head abroad for the Lunar New Year holiday.

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    A notice from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing said there would be limited capacity to transport U.S. citizens on a Tuesday flight from Wuhan that will proceed directly to San Francisco. It said that in the event there are not enough seats, priority will be given to individuals “at greater risk from coronavirus.”

    The French Consulate also was considering the evacuation of its nationals from the city. It said it’s working on arranging a bus service to help French citizens leave Wuhan.

    French automaker PSA Group said it will evacuate its employees from Wuhan, quarantine them and then bring them to France.

    Japan was also making preparations to fly its nationals out of Wuhan.

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