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Coronavirus Outbreak: Counselling For Fijian Students In Wuhan City

“The Fiji Embassy in Beijing will contact university counsellors to visit the Fijian students for any assistance and information needed by these students.”
28 Jan 2020 15:18
Coronavirus Outbreak: Counselling For Fijian Students In Wuhan City
Shelves inside supermarkets in Wuhan City, China were empty as fears of the deadly coronavirus grow in the city. Inset: Fijians studying in Wuhan City.

The Fiji Embassy in Beijing, China is working around the clock with university counsellors to provide services to Fijian students studying in Wuhan City.

A situation report released by the embassy said Fijian students in Wuhan were starting to panic.

“Focusing on Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, updates from our student representative Eroni Duaibe, PhD Candidate, has indicated there has been a bit of panic among the Fiji students as some of the victims claimed by the virus were known to some of the students in Wuhan,” the report said.

“The Fiji Embassy in Beijing will contact university counsellors to visit the Fijian students for any assistance and information needed by these students.”

The report said the Fiji Embassy had received positive responses from the Hubei Provincial Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has ensured the safety of foreigners in Hubei including Fiji citizens.

It added that the local government would do its utmost best to ensure the safety of Fijian citizens.

“The Fiji Embassy has submitted our citizen database including all necessary supporting documents to the Hubei Provincial Government for their information and support to our citizens.”

The report added they would be in regular contact with the provincial government to prepare for any contingency plan as the viral situation unfolds.

The embassy has also contacted the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to alert them of responsibilities towards sponsored students studying under Chinese government scholarships.

The Fiji Embassy is providing Fijians in China with daily situation updates about the virus and advised against movement in and around cities.

Meanwhile, two Fijian students, who displayed flu and cold like symptoms, were cleared.

The Fiji Embassy has been in contact with both students regularly

Seven Fijians studying in Wuhan City continue to be accommodated at a student’s flat as the lockdown continued

Wuhan is now a ghost town, they said.

Stocks are beginning to run low with empty shelves at Supermarkets. Water has become scarce in shops that are open.

The rationing of water has been limited to two bottles of 1.5 litres per customer.

Hospitals and pharmacies have reported that there was also a shortage of vaccines, facial masks and sanitizers.

Reports coming out from China have confirmed that the State Council has extended the Lunar New Year Holiday to February 2, 2020 and directed all universities, kindergarten, primary and middle schools in China to postpone the opening of the Spring School Semester until further notice.

Edited by Percy Kean

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