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Almost 500 Pakistanis are studying in various universities of Wuhan, a city of 11 million people in Hubei province which has been quarantined by authorities in an attempt to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus…reports Asian Lite News

As the Novel coronavirus spreads rapidly in China and across the world, lots of photos of terrified travellers have been shared on social media, with people seen covering themselves with plastic sheets and even bottles in public. Photos of people at different locations using everyday items like empty water jars and plastic sheets to cover themselves are doing the rounds of the Internet. by .
Photos of people at different locations using everyday items like empty water jars and plastic sheets to cover themselves are doing the rounds of the Internet.

Pakistan has said that it would not evacuate its citizens, mostly students, from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak which has so far killed 170 people and infected nearly 8,000.

“We believe it’s in the interest of our loved-ones in China (to stay there). It’s in the larger interest of the region, the world, and the country that we don’t evacuate them now,” The Express Tribune quoted Zafar Mirza, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services, as saying to the media here on Thursday.

“This is what the World Health Organisation (WHO) is saying, this is China’s policy, and this is our policy as well. We stand by China in full solidarity.

“Right now the Chinese government has contained this epidemic in Wuhan city. If we act irresponsibly and start evacuating people from there, this epidemic will spread all over the world like wildfire,” Mirza added.

Mirza’s remarks came a day after he disclosed that four Pakistani students in Wuhan have been tested positive for the mysterious pathogen.

ZHENGZHOU, Jan. 26, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Members of a medical team gather at Zhengzhou East railway station in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, on Jan. 26, 2020. A team comprised of 137 members from five medical institutions in Henan left Zhengzhou for Wuhan on Sunday to aid the coronavirus control efforts there. (Xinhua/Li Jianan/IANS) by .
Members of a medical team gather at Zhengzhou East railway station in Zhengzhou, central China’s Henan Province. (Xinhua/Li Jianan/IANS)

Almost 500 Pakistanis are studying in various universities of Wuhan, a city of 11 million people in Hubei province which has been quarantined by authorities in an attempt to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The stranded students have been making appeals for their evacuation in video clips shared on social media platforms.

In response, Mirza said on Thursday that Pakistan’s Embassy was in contact with the infected students.

Their condition is improving as they were diagnosed at an earlier stage, he added.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said a high-powered technical committee has been formed to monitor and review the situation, The Express Tribune reported.

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