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Fijians In Wuhan City, China Healthy From Coronavirus, Says Naupoto

Wuhan City is the epicenter of a new virus outbreak known as 2019-nCoV, which is understood to be a new strain of coronavirus.
23 Jan 2020 10:04
Fijians In Wuhan City, China Healthy From Coronavirus, Says Naupoto
Some of the Fijians living in Wuhan, China.

Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto has confirmed that Fijians living and studying in Wuhan City in China are fit and healthy.

This follows a message he received from RFMF personnel, Captain Eroni Duaibe, who is studying for a Doctor of Philosophy PhD in International Relations at the Central China Normal University in the city.

Wuhan City is the epicenter of a new virus outbreak known as 2019-nCoV, which is understood to be a new strain of coronavirus.

The virus originated from a market with illegal wildlife in Wuhan. There are now 440 confirmed cases of the virus with nine people dead.

“They are well and continuing with their studies,” Rear Admiral Naupoto said.

Commander Naupoto.

Commander Naupoto.

Four other RFMF personnel in Wuhan city are from the RFMF Naval Division. Twelve Fijians are studying in Wuhan.

Masters of Business Administration student Diana Botei, who attends China University of Geoscience said they had blood tests and were all cleared of the virus.

Fijian Ambassador in China Manasa Tagicakibau, in a statement, reiterated the need to exercise high degree of caution.

“In light of the current health warnings and rapid increase of confirmed and suspected cases of the novel (new) Coronavirus, which is spreading across many Provinces and Municipalities in China, the Ambassador and diplomats of your Embassy in Beijing humbly requests Fiji citizens in China to take extra heed of all precautionary measures that has been circulated so far to ensure your safety.

“We further request for movement to be minimised as we approach the Lunar New Year holidays.”

A Government statement last night said Fijians currently living in the People’s Republic of China are confirmed to be safe as the Fiji Embassy in Beijing monitors the situation.

“The information on the preventative measures conveyed by the Embassy is in accordance with the advisories provided by the local health authorities in Beijing and as well as the World Health Organisation. The Embassy said that at this stage no official confirmation has been released by the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China for evacuation of people from Wuhan and any affected Provinces.”

The Embassy has also advised that the Fijian diaspora programmes including the induction programmes for new students have been deferred until further notice.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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