A Chinese diplomat on Thursday backed Pakistan’s decision not to evacuate Pakistani students from the province at the centre of China’s coronavirus outbreak, a day after parents confronted government ministers demanding their children be brought home.

Pakistan has ruled out bringing back more than 1,000 students in the Hubei province and its capital Wuhan, where three-quarters of 2,000 plus deaths from the outbreak of the flu-like virus have been recorded.

Should the students be evacuated?

The government’s decision not to evacuate students stems from the argument that Pakistan does not have the facility to treat and inspect the coronavirus. However, that falls flat as the country has received detection kits from Japan. The parents of the students have made their displeasure with the government very clear and have demanded that their kids should be brought back.


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