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Higher Education Min assures students abroad being 'monitored'

27 January 2020, MVT 09:35
Minister of Higher Education Dr Ibrahim Hassan. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/ MIHAARU
27 January 2020, MVT 09:35

The Ministry of Higher Education, on Sunday, guaranteed that it would closely monitor all Maldivian students studying in foreign countries amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

The ministry revealed that information concerning students studying abroad under state loans and scholarship schemes were swiftly shared with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the outbreak occurred.

The higher education ministry corroborated the foreign ministry's statement that none of the six Maldivians in Wuhan, China, the city in which the virus originated, remained uninfected, stressing that direct contact was established with the students as well as their universities.

In addition to the six individuals in Wuhan, the ministry revealed that 44 students were living elsewhere in China, bringing the total number to 50.

Furthermore, the ministry urged all Maldivian students in China as well as other countries to comply with the foreign ministry's request to register at respective Maldivian embassies and follow any instructions issued.

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has resulted in a total of 56 deaths so far, while the latest reports place the number of reported cases above 2,000.

Chinese authorities quarantined the city of Wuhan on January 23, with travel bans now extended to twelve other cities, affecting more than 50 million people in China.

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