4 Pakistanis infected by coronavirus

500 Pak citizens plea for evacuation from Wuhan falls on deaf ears

By: News Desk      Published: 01:59 PM, 29 Jan, 2020
4 Pakistanis infected by coronavirus

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza said Wednesday that four Pakistani students have been infected by coronavirus in China.

In a tweet, Dr Zafar Mirza said “Got confirmation that 4 Pakistani students in China are diagnosed with coronavirus. They are doing well, getting the best care possible, and the families are being notified and reassured. Thanks to Chinese authorities and the Pakistani embassy for their rapid response.”

According to Mirza, there are nearly 30,000 Pakistani citizens living in various parts of China. Of these, reportedly 500 Pakistani citizens live in China’s Wuhan city, where the coronavirus originated. Many of the Pakistanis living in Wuhan are students, who have urged Islamabad in recent days to evacuate them from the city, as the existing lockdown leaves them vulnerable to infection.

A group of Pakistani students told private TV channel that other countries, including India and Afghanistan, were working to remove their citizens from China but the Pakistani government had yet to take any action. “There are over 500 Pakistani students in Wuhan. If even one of them gets affected, the others will be in danger,” one of the students said in a video message.

“There is a shortage of essential items and if this situation persists, we will run out of food very soon,” she said, adding that under the lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of the virus, the students had been confined to Wuhan city.

On Tuesday, Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing had said that Beijing and Islamabad were working together to ensure all Pakistani citizens in Wuhan were safe and being looked after. “So far three suspicious cases in Chinese community have been reported in Pakistan, but none of them has been confirmed. We have confidence and determination that we will overcome this difficult time and will return to normal life very soon,” he added.

Japan on Wednesday evacuated its citizens from the Chinese city Wuhan.