Over 500 Bangladeshi students are living in Wuhan province, says a student
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ordered fast repatriation of the Bangladeshi students stuck in the Coronavirus-struck China immediately.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam mentioned this in his Facebook post this morning adding that "I have already started discussion with the Chinese government in this regard."
The PM's order came following appeals from Bangladeshi students in China who said they are stuck there.
The virus, believed to have originated late last year in a seafood market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan that was illegally selling wildlife, has spread to Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as the United States, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Australia, France, Canada and India.
On January 23, China's Wuhan Province authorities expanded travel restrictions imposed on Wuhan to surrounding municipalities, shutting down travel networks and attempting to quarantine about 25 million people living there.
Later on January 25, some Bangladeshi students currently staying in Wuhan province in China have made a humanitarian appeal to the Bangladesh authorities to save them from the crisis created after the outbreak of Coronavirus that has already claimed over 40 lives.
On behalf of some students, Sajib Hossain, an Assistant Teacher at Yangtze University in Wuhan province, posted a letter on Facebook addressing the Foreign Ministry in which he sought assistance from the Bangladesh authorities.
Sajib said, "Wuhan city remained shut for the last three days. No car is moving in the town. No food and masks are arriving."
The death toll from China's new coronavirus grew to 80 as of Monday.