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Dominican Students in China Advised to Stay Put

by: - January 30, 2020
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The Ministry of Health is assuring the nation that Dominican students in China are safe and have been advised to remain there for their continued safety.

This decision, according t0 Honorable Minister for Health and Wellness, Dr. Irving McIntyre appears to be the “safest” to prevent the potential spread of the coronavirus.

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, the viruses cause respiratory infections which are typically mild including the common cold but rarer forms like SARS and MERS can be lethal.

He told the press on Wednesday that students are cooperative and in good spirits.

“Since the outbreak everyone has been advised to wear face masks and as a result there has been a shortage. All nationals are safe and because there is 14-day incubation period…it is not advisable for anyone to leave Wuhan at the moment,” he reported.

The ministry says emergency funds were sent to students to purchase water and supplies.

Eighty-four Dominicans are pursuing studies in China, 15 of which are based in Wuhan- the epicenter of the outbreak.

While there has not yet been any case of the virus among Dominican students, there is also a 14-day incubation period.

The Minister assures that there is daily communication between students and the Ministry of Education.

Dr McIntyre gave reasons for advising the students to stay in China.

“There must be a receiving country- the USA, France, Germany, London Holland- to put these students through quarantine, second, a special charter with the nationals departing China under international travel guidelines for prevention and control, and thirdly, assuming there are nationals who may test positive, that receiving country must have the infrastructure to deal with the cure or treatment of the virus.”

He also added, “This can be a very costly exercise.”

Dr McIntyre continues to assure however that “All nationals are safe” and that the Dominican students are “in good spirits, and fully understand the risk of leaving. The have been very vigilant. There is no need to panic.”

The ministries of health, education and tourism were a part of Wednesday’s event.

He says the Government of the People’s Republic of China has given every assurance that “this pandemic will be brought under control in a few weeks.”

The Ministry of Heath is currently discussing the possibility of sending additional masks, especially for Dominican students in Wuhan as face masks must be changed frequently after use.