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The phobia of novel Coronavirus and the fate of Afghan students in China

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The new disease caused by a novel coronavirus was identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. Despite China’s efforts to contain the virus transmission, the epidemic of coronavirus has expanded. So far, around 20 countries have reported cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in their countries. The death toll due to COVID-19 has raised to almost 1400, with almost 65,000 cases of infections as last Friday.

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, countries remained committed to the health and well-being of their nationals by evacuating their nationals stranded in the epicenter of the outbreak. India, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Iran were also among those who evacuated their nationals from Wuhan China.

As the other countries evacuated their nationals, Afghans are still waiting to receive a formal reply from Afghanistan’s government to evacuate or relocate them from the epicenter of the outbreak. There are approximately 45 Afghans including children in the highly quarantined city of Wuhan. Most of them are students living with their families or alone. In their interviews with media outlets, Afghans stranded in Wuhan reports the miserable and deprived situations in the ghost town of Wuhan. According to them, they are under stressful conditions; they lack access to enough food, safe drinking water, and they suffer from mental torture.

What could be the potential reasons that prevent the Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan and other authorities from taking action?

On February 2, 2019, The Afghan Health Minister holds a media briefing on the........

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