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These Pakistani students want out of coronavirus-stricken Wuhan. Their government says no

Shashank Bengali and Aoun Sahi, Los Angeles Times on

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Abdullah said that at least four Pakistani students had tested positive for the coronavirus since last month. All have been treated and released from hospitals, he said.

There are normally about 1,300 Pakistani students enrolled at 25 universities in Wuhan, a city of 11 million in central China. About 500 students left China due to school holidays before the outbreak, students said.

For those left, life is increasingly limited. Abdullah, who stayed behind over the holiday to complete projects in the university lab, said the university was providing them with basic food. But he had to argue with staff at his dormitory for three hours to get permission to step outside for two hours Thursday.

He went looking for fresh fruit and spices but found that almost every shop on campus was closed, and that one didn't have anything he wanted. He saw only one other person walking around campus, wearing a mask.

Depressed, he returned to his room after 45 minutes.


(Special correspondent Sahi reported from Islamabad and Times staff writer Bengali from Singapore.)

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