Morocco becomes first African country to order evacuation of citizens from coronavirus hit Wuhan
London, Jan. 28, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Morocco has become the first African country to announce plans to evacuate its citizens from the coconavirus province in China with as many other foreign countries
King Mohammed VI of Morocco on Monday ordered the repatriation of 100 Moroccan nationals, mostly students, from the Wuhan area of China, which is at the centre of an outbreak of coronavirus, the Royal Cabinet said.
The King also ordered measures to prevent the spread of the disease to be taken at airports and ports and hospitals.
No case of coronavirus has been registered in Morocco, which last week introduced screening at its international airports and ports to prevent the spread of the virus.
African students trapped in the area are reportedly worried about worsening condition of the area as the virus continue to spread
A Ghanaian student has told the BBC about the terrifying ordeal of African and other foreign students in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which is in lock-down following the deadly outbreak of the new coronavirus
In the interview, the student, who asked not be named, said ” We are scared because the numbers keep increasing. At the dormitory if you meet somebody they go to the other side of the corridor. Nobody wants to meet anybody.
“We are scared because the numbers keep increasing. At the dormitory if you meet somebody they go to the other sie of the corridor. Nobody wants to meet anybody. Ladies are crying. They want to go home. They are panicking. They are losing hope. We don’t want to stay here.”
Several African governments have issued statements for nationals abroad and at home to raise awareness about the coronavirus including Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa.
Most have appealed for calm even as they’ve upped their health checks at national ports of entry. In recent years many African countries have seen a large increase in travel to China of their citizens and from Chinese visitors. China now has more African students than the United States or the United Kingdom.
The epidemic, which originated in Wuhan city, has claimed 81 lives in China so far and infected more than 2,800 people globally, most of them in China.