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Coronavirus: 60 Nigerians trapped in Chinese language metropolis


SIXTY Nigerians are trapped in Chinese language metropolis Wuhan, the epic centre of the coronavirus outbreak, it was introduced on Monday.

They’re making a passionate enchantment to the Nigerian Embassy in China and the Nigerian Diaspora Fee (NIDCOM) to evacuate them

In accordance with them, their request for the embassy to ship face masks and different protecting objects has not acquired a constructive response.

Many international locations have evacuated their residents for the reason that virus broke out late final 12 months within the metropolis.

No treatment has been discovered for the illness which has killed 361 folks

Chinese language Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Zhou Pingjian, who  confirmed that 60 Nigerians, together with a person on a go to and a sick scholar, mentioned no Nigerian in China had contracted the illness.

The plea by the trapped Nigerians and Pingjian’s affirmation contradict   Minister of Data, Lai Mohammed’s on their determine and security.

Mohammed final week advised reporters in Abuja that “16 Nigerians in Wuhan had not indicated their interest to come home.”

About 362 lives have been misplaced out of the 17,205 confirmed and 21, 558 suspected instances thus far.

Two of the trapped Nigerians, who spoke with TheCable, an internet information portal on Monday, mentioned they have been able to return residence as a result of issues may worsen in China.

One in every of them mentioned:  “When this virus broke out, the Nigerian embassy in China contacted us and asked us to form a group on WeChat (a multipurpose messaging social media app) where all Nigerians who are in Wuhan could communicate on the latest development.”

“We advised them that none of us had contracted the virus however we have been fearful and wanted to be evacuated. However they advised us to train endurance since no nation had evacuated their  residents due to the outbreak.

“We then requested them to offer us with face masks and a few objects that we may use, particularly these of us who’ve youngsters.

Buying objects have been troublesome for the reason that outbreak of this epidemic. The masks are not available in shops that open briefly every day and should you go surfing, they’re very costly.

We’re greater than 57 Nigerians in Wuhan and authorities has banned public motion with out masks. We anticipated the embassy to help us with this however nothing of such occurred.”

The businessman, who didn’t need his identify in print, additionally claimed that  all efforts by them to succeed in the Nigerian Ambassador to China,  Ahmad Jidda  and an official of the   embassy in Beijing, Bakori Usman, who contacted them within the early days of the outbreak,  resulted in futility.

One other trapped Nigerian in Wuhan accused the  embassy of  not dealing with the state of affairs correctly.

He mentioned that  many international locations had  began evacuating their residents.

His phrases: “The state of affairs is getting out of hand. There’s a Nigerian right here who simply got here on a go to; he was about returning residence when the virus broke out.  Now he’s trapped. There’s a scholar who was sick and was discovering it troublesome to get enough therapy right here.

“Plans have been being made to maneuver him out of China earlier than this problem of coronavirus outbreak; now he’s additionally trapped. There are folks with youngsters right here, how does the federal government anticipate them to manage when the town is just about on lock down?

We’re stranded right here. The Federal Authorities ought to please rescue us… outlets are closed and banks shut. We discover it troublesome to get the issues we’d like. We don’t know the way lengthy this case will proceed.”

He claimed that they’d written the Chairperson of NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa,  in search of assist however no type of help had been rendered.

TheCable reported that when it contacted the spokesman for  the NIDCOM chairperson, Abdur-Rahman Balogun,  he mentioned there aren’t any plans to evacuate the trapped individuals.

“Let them come if they are willing to… we have made arrangements for their safety in China but if they want to come on their own volition, no problem,” Balogun mentioned.

Requested why there have been no plans for his or her evacuation, he replied: “Discuss with Foreign Affairs(Ministry) if it has to do with evacuation.”

In Abuja, the Chinese language Ambassador   Dr.   Pingjian, who gave an replace on the virus, additionally debunked the declare by the trapped Nigerians that the Nigerian authorities had deserted them.

He mentioned: ” Our checks along with your (Nigerian) embassy, there(China) present there are 60 and never 16 Nigerians in Wuhan  now.

“Your embassy has maintained common communication with them and this second, nobody raised any problem about shifting out of Wuhan. So, as I mentioned, we hold full transparency of knowledge and measures so any system it’s essential to see, you may go to the authorities.

He   assured that the Chinese language authorities “is dedicated to safeguarding the security and well being of the Chinese language folks … and  each overseas nationwide  in China, together with the Nigerian expatriates.” “We  are ready to address  their legitimate concerns in a timely manner. We will continue to strengthen communication and coordination with the international community and work hand in hand for the epidemic prevention and control,” the Ambassador assured.

Pingjian  mentioned the Chinese language authorities  had  confirmed 17,205 instances  whereas 2,296 sufferers are in severe situations. Of the confirmed instances, the envoy mentioned, 475 have been discharged after restoration from the illness.

He additionally revealed that there are nonetheless 21, 558 suspected instances.

As a part of the efforts to deal with the state of affairs, he mentioned,  1, 000-bed makeshift hospitals had been constructed and already in use to confess extra folks. The hospital was constructed inside 9 days

The  Ambassador mentioned “as of today, no Nigerian in China or Chinese in Nigeria is infected with the coronavirus”.

He was additionally positive that with enough measures, it was potential to stop the unfold of the virus to Nigeria.

He mentioned: “We in the embassy loose no sleep about the epidemic because we can tell that  Nigerian government following the advice of WHO has taken very rational and appropriate measures and we believe, with the good efforts from international communities, we can prevent and curb the spread of the epidemic.”

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