Chinese Embassy to Dominican students: Stay positive, stay indoors
Dominican students who are currently stuck in China are being advised to stay indoors.
Speaking on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Dominica, Counsellor Luo Songtao said avoiding unnecessary treks outside is one way they can limit the risk of contracting the fast-spreading coronavirus.
While responding to questions posed by local media, Mr Songtao urged the students to remain positive during this difficult time.
He said the students are receiving free food and supplies and should try to remain positive even in the face of the challenges presented by the virus.
He reminded them that they are not alone as there are about five hundred other foreign students in their same situation.
“There is no need to panic but instead cooperate with the government, this challenging time will make them stronger in the future,” he said.
Last week, the students wrote a letter asking the Dominican authorities to provide them with much-needed supplies and take steps to have them evacuated from China.
Education Minister, Octavia Alfred said evacuation is not the most practical course of action.
During a meeting hosted by the National Emergency Planning Organisation last week, she said moving the students from China is a risky undertaking as it could result in countless others being exposed to the virus.
While she understands their anxiety, Minister Alfred urged the students and their families to be a bit more understanding.
She said though inconvenient, the restrictions are necessary to contain the spread of the coronavirus.