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State approves financial help for Maldivians in Wuhan

Mariyam Malsa
25 January 2020, MVT 23:17
People wearing facemasks to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, wait for medical attention at Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan on January 25, 2020. - The Chinese army deployed medical specialists on January 25 to the epicentre of a spiralling viral outbreak that has killed 41 people and spread around the world, as millions spent their normally festive Lunar New Year holiday under lockdown. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)
Mariyam Malsa
25 January 2020, MVT 23:17

The government, on Saturday, finalised the decision to extend financial assistance to the seven Maldivians currently residing in Wuhan, China, the city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak.

Maldivian Embassy located in the Chinese capital of Beijing is currently working to deliver the aid to the seven individuals.

Reportedly, all of them are safe and in good health.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently conducting discussions with the Chinese government to ensure the safety of the seven Maldivians and arrange their transport out of Wuhan City.

The city of Wuhan was quarantined on Thursday, while travel bans are now extended to twelve other cities, affecting more than 50 million people in China.

The foreign ministry urges all Maldivians in China to register themselves with the embassy after the virus began spreading in cities outside of Wuhan.

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has resulted in a total of 41 deaths so far, while the latest reports place the number of reported cases above 1,300.

In addition to China, the virus has also been detected in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, France and the United States.

Considering China accounts for the largest number of tourist arrivals in Maldives, authorities have taken preventative measures against the disease from entering the country including setting up thermal screening cameras at the main Velana International Airport and designating a quarantine facility in Hulhumale.

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