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Coronavirus outbreak: Hotlines activated for Ghanaians in China

Source The Ghana Report|Gloria KAFUI Ahiable

Ghana’s foreign mission in China has activated two hotlines for parents or guardians with wards in Wuhan and its environs.

This comes in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus in China weeks ago.

The activated hotlines are +86 18612084232 or +86 186 12959040 for the Ghanaian diaspora.

The telephone numbers can be used by parents and guardians to contact authorities and get first-hand information on the situation on the ground.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement said the Embassy of Ghana in Beijing and the Consulate-General in Guangzhou are in contact with the leadership of the Ghanaian community and the National Union of Ghana Students-China for prompt updates on the welfare of all Ghanaian nationals.

Meanwhile, the Mission has advised all Ghanaians to stay indoors and adhere to preventive precautions outlined by Chinese authorities in the wake of the outbreak.

The statement goes on to add that currently, no Ghanaian has contracted the novel coronavirus.

Earlier reports confirm that so far more the 100 students are affected with the coronavirus in Wuhan.

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Also, the Health Ministry has advised Ghanaians in China to remain calm and adhere to the precautionary measures directed by the ministry in order to avoid getting infected.

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Coronavirus update

At least 5,578 people are now confirmed as infected and undergoing treatment, and the death toll has reached 131.

Some 125 of those deaths are isolated to Hubei Province in central China. The largest city of Hubei is Wuhan, the epicentre of the current outbreak which first came to light in mid-December last year.

Thailand’s health ministry has now confirmed 14 cases of coronavirus, the second-most of any country behind China.

Thailand has also confirmed that five of the six confirmed cases were members of the same Chinese family who had travelled from Hubei province together. The sixth, also a Chinese tourist, came from Chongqing, south-west of Hubei in central China.

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