Friday, January 24, 2020

Fleeing Wuhan: 14 Indian students to fly to Kolkata from Kunming

Kochi: As the coronavirus scare spreads, Indian students studying in universities located in places close to Wuhan city are desperately trying to get back to their homes. Students who are generally dependent on Wuhan airport, which is closed, are trying to reach India through other nearby airports.
Medical students from Three Gorges University, located in Yichang in western Hubei province, said authorities have provided them masks and gloves. Wuhan is little more than 300 km from Yichang and students generally take a train to reach Wuhan to catch international flights.
“We are being told to stay back in the dormitory as the risk is high while travelling. As of now there is no quarantine in this region. However, we want to leave the university before the nearest airports close,” Manasa Manoj, a final year medical student who hails from Perumbavoor near Kochi told TOI over phone.
She also said two days ago some of the students who were doing internship at the Yinchang Central Hospital were asked not to report for duty. “There was a case of pneumonia. But, there was no confirmation regarding coronavirus,” she added. There are about 14 students from the university, mostly Keralites, who plan to leave Yichang by Thursday night or Friday morning to catch a flight to Kolkata from Kunming airport.
24/01/20 Times of India
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