Nepali nationals and students evacuated from Wuhan after parents protested

Reuters Kathmandu, , Nepal Feb 16, 2020, 10.47 AM(IST)

Nepali nationals and students evacuated from Wuhan after parents protested Photograph:( Reuters )

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Parents protested in front of the Health Ministry demanding that Nepali students in Wuhan be brought home sooner. Nepal government said delays were due to the time needed to prepare buildings to keep the returnees in quarantine.

Nepal on Sunday evacuated 175 of its nationals from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of a coronavirus outbreak, an official said, after protests by parents of students studying in the city.

A plane operated by state-owned Nepal Airlines carrying 134 men and 41 women, mostly students, landed at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport before dawn, Health Ministry spokesman Mahendra Shrestha said.

All evacuees will be held in quarantine for two weeks in the nearby town of Bhaktapur. "They will be under the close observation of doctors in quarantine and will be allowed to join their families if found healthy after two weeks," Shrestha added.

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[ Officials in protective suits prepare to evacuate 175 Nepalese nationals from a Nepal Airlines Airbus A330-200 plane (Courtesy: Reuters) ]

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Last week parents protested in front of the Health Ministry demanding that Nepali students in Wuhan be brought home sooner.

The government said delays were due to the time needed to prepare buildings to keep the returnees in quarantine. Nepal has only one confirmed case of coronavirus so far.