Friday 30 October, 2020

Trinidadian quarantined in Wuhan after coronavirus outbreak

The Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs confirmed that a Trinidadian national is currently in Wuhan, China, the site of the coronavirus (nCOV) outbreak, which is currently under quarantine.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the Ministry said the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago in Beijing is in contact with two Trinidadians in Hubei Province, the capital of which is Wuhan. 

The Ministry said one Trinidadian is in Wuhan and another is in Qianjiang.

The Ministry said according to the Embassy’s records, most of the 120 nationals of Trinidad and Tobago who are in China at this time are in Beijing, Hong Kong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Chongqing and 18 other cities, including Wuhan and Qianjiang.

At present, there are restrictions on public and private transport and on the movement of persons in and out of Wuhan.

The Ministry said China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs briefed all diplomatic mission representatives in Beijing, advising that anyone based in Wuhan should undergo a self-imposed quarantine.

“Embassies were advised that Chinese central and local governments have mobilized resources to address the outbreak, that the Foreign Affairs Office of Hubei Provincial Government would assist foreign nationals in meeting their day-to-day needs and that a special coordination mechanism to entertain requests from Diplomatic Missions pertaining to the outbreak has been established,” the Ministry said.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry also advised that staff should not return to their Embassies before February 3, 2020.

The Ministry said the Embassy continues to be in close contact with Trinidadians based in China, who chose not to be evacuated.

“The Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago continues to remain in close contact with our nationals in Hubei Province and advises them to follow the advice of local authorities.”

“These nationals have not expressed any desire to be evacuated at this time. The evacuation procedure has been explained to them,” the Ministry said.

Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs said the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago in Beijing will resume operations on January 31, 2020.

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