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India 'Requests' China to Allow Over 250 Indian Students Leave Wuhan amid Coronavirus

China to Allow Over 250 Indian Students Leave Wuhan amid Coronavirus

NEW DELHI/BEIJING: As the coronavirus turned virulent, India is understood to have requested China to permit over 250 Indian students stuck in Wuhan, to leave the city.

Officials in Wuhan, China – the 11-million-person city where a fast-growing coronavirus outbreak started – put the city under quarantine.

Wuhan is the heart of the viral outbreak which has so far infected nearly 2,000 people and killed 56 others.

As per reports, nearly 700 Indian students, mostly medical students, are believed to be studying in different universities in Wuhan and its surrounding areas.

Even as the majority of the Indian students left for home on Chinese New Year holidays, over 250 to 300 students are said to be still in the city and its surrounding areas.

India has stepped up monitoring of passengers arriving from China, especially from Wuhan.

The new SARS-like virus has spread to at least 10 other countries: France, Australia, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Nepal, and the US. The outbreak likely originated at a wet market in Wuhan that sold live animals such as chickens, pigs, snakes, and civets. The market was shuttered on January 1.

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