Coronavirus: Gov't should come to our aid; we want to come home - Ghanaian students in China

Coronavirus: Gov't should come to our aid; we want to come home - Ghanaian students in China

- Ghanaian students in Wuhan in China, are calling on government to evacuate them from the country

- The city has been completely locked down for eight days and as a result, people have run out of food supplies

- Coronavirus is believed to have originated from a seafood market in Wuhan in the Hubei Province of China.

- It has killed about 81 people and infected more than 2,700

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Information reaching YEN.com.gh indicates that Ghanaian students in Wuhan in China, are calling on government to evacuate them from the country since there is an outbreak of coronavirus in the country.

According to a JoyNews report, the Wuhan Chapter President of Ghanaian students, Samson Opoku, the city has been completely locked down for eight days and as a result, people have run out of food supplies.

“We are 151 students in the city now, and for us, we want evacuation back home to Ghana. When the outbreak subsides or ends then we return and continue our academic work.

“We don’t know how long this [coronavirus] is going to take. The number of cases and mortality rates increases each day so members are scared. We want to be evacuated back home,” he stressed.

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The National President of the Ghanaian students in China, Felix Gyawu Addo, on Monday, January 27, 2020, told JoyNews the Ghanaian Ambassador to China, Edward Boateng, will be meeting the student leadership of Wuhan to discuss the issue and decide the best solution to the situation at hand.

Speaking on the shortage of foodstuff, Mr Addo indicated some stores have been opened in the city so supplies will be restocked.

“And so that is the intervention now, and I believe that very soon they will be able to get these things [groceries] to the students who need them,” the National President of the Ghanaian students in China stated.

He also confirmed that so far, no Ghanaian student has been diagnosed with the epidermic yet.

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In other news, Cote d'Ivoire has recorded the first African case of the Wuhan coronavirus which was first identified in China.

Cote d'Ivoire’s Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene said in a statement Sunday, January 26, 2019, that an Ivorian student who traveled from Beijing to Abidjan experienced symptoms such as coughing, sneezing and difficulty breathing.

The student was moved to a safe location on arrival at the airport and is currently under medical observation, the ministry said.

According to Joy News reports, authorities believe it is a case of pneumonia and not coronavirus, but the final diagnosis will be made after the analysis of the test results, the ministry said.

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