Its been months since the outbreak of corona virus in Wuhan, China and has since become a global epidemic. Africa has also recorded cases of the virus in Egypt, Nigeria and two South African nationals who work in a Japanese cruise ship.
As of 1st of March 2020, 79 394 confirmed cases have been reported with 2 838 deaths. 39 112 people have recovered from the virus.
Different governments have been able to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan which is the epicenter of the outbreak. South African government has also announced its plans to evacuate its nationals from Wuhan. Other African countries have not yet reported any plans to evacuate their people who are mainly international students.
Zimbabwe too has many students and expats based in Wuhan and nothing has been communicated in terms of taking them home.
The Zimbabwean students in Wuhan are making an appeal for financial assistance to buy food and pay for utilities. There are other groups that are mobilising funds but its still limited and more is needed. Communication has been made to the Zimbabwean embassy in China and awaits response.
To hear more, we spoke to one student in Wuhan who is also part of the organising committee and he gave us an update.