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This will be the operation to extract the 14 Argentines from the epicenter of the coronavirus in China


These are Wuhan residents who broadcast a video with a dramatic rescue request. The maneuver will take place next Tuesday.

02/15/2020 - 18:48

  • ClarĂ­
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Argentines in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, will be evacuated next Tuesday from that Chinese city with the collaboration of the Government of Ukraine, which will send a plane for transfer to the city of Kiev , where they will remain for 14 days to complete the quarantine period .

"The Government of Ukraine has informed, through our Embassy in Kiev, the willingness to provide a place for Argentine citizens who are in Wuhan, China, on a flight prepared by that country that leaves on the 18th and is scheduled to return to Kiev the next day, where passengers must stay in quarantine for two weeks, "said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship.

Argentine citizens in Wuhan, China, will be evacuated on a flight to Kiev, where they will remain in quarantine for two weeks. We thank the Governments of Ukraine and China for their collaboration.
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- Argentine Foreign Ministry @ (@CancilleriaARG) February 15, 2020

These are the 14 people who on Friday, through a video broadcast on social networks and a press release, publicly claimed the Government for their prompt repatriation.

"Our Embassy in Beijing is already moving forward with the necessary procedures for Argentines who are in that locality and who wish to join this displacement," said the Foreign Ministry, which, at the same time, thanked the Government of Ukraine "for its generosity and Government of China for its collaboration in this invaluable action. "

Eleven Argentines and three spouses of these compatriots have been in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, for three weeks and cannot leave that city because of strict Chinese government controls to prevent the spread of the viral pneumonia epidemic detected in December and was baptized as COVID-19.

Fumigation against coronavirus in Beijing, China Photo: EFE)

Those killed by COVID-19 in China added 143 people on Friday and reached 1,523 deaths , while 66,492 infections were counted, according to the latest balance of the National Health Commission of that country.

NĂ©stor Bustamante, an Argentine resident in China who coordinates the group of compatriots to achieve the evacuation of the eastern country, said that "we could not send any official communication about our situation, or via mail or whatsapp, unless it was not for the two official Chinese portals ".

" Here the communication is complex there is no Google, or Gmail, or WhatsApp everything is channeled through two monsters of Chinese technology , who by order of the government blocked any message about the disease to avoid so-called fake news," Bustamante told C5N news channel.

The man gave as an example that a 'fake news' that was broadcast said that the Covid-19 virus was spreading through the bathroom pipes.

Bustamante stressed that Wuhan "is a besieged city" and that money "does not circulate in China because it is a polluting factor, although this did not have much impact since nobody used paper money in China, everything is done through the cell phone" and added "the circulating money was pocketed and is no longer used again."

" We were able to make that video, after they blocked our whatsapp group to ask for help since many of us reached the limit of the psychological. We just wanted to warn that we were fine, so we could do that web cam that was spread," Bustamante said.

He also indicated that for now "there are only 14 Argentines who can leave China, but there are many more in other cities, what happens is that it is not so easy because the Chinese government does not want a potential spread of the virus. Now they are doing negotiations to leave the country those in Beijing. "

"Making that video was very complex because we had to create another group since very xenophobic news was spread, the Argentine authorities have been working on the idea of ​​evacuation for a while but it is a very difficult task."

Bustamante said that in China "news is being disseminated from various universities whose studies say the virus can remain dormant for 24 days, not 14 days."

Source: clarin

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