Outbreak of Coronavirus in the People’s Republic of China
29 January 2020
The Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in Beijing, China, is in contact with two (2) nationals of Trinidad and Tobago who are in Hubei Province, following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (nCOV) in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province. The Embassy has confirmed that there are two (2) nationals of Trinidad and Tobago in Hubei Province, one in Wuhan and another in Qianjiang.
According to the records of the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago, most of the 120 nationals of Trinidad and Tobago who are in China at this time are in Beijing, Hong Kong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Chongqing and eighteen (18) other cities, including Wuhan and Qianjiang.
At present, there are restrictions on public and private transport and on the movement of persons in and out of Wuhan.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China briefed representatives of Diplomatic Missions in Beijing recently advising them that their nationals who are in Wuhan should remain there and undergo self-imposed quarantine. Embassies were advised that Chinese central and local governments have mobilized resources to address the outbreak, that the Foreign Affairs Office of Hubei Provincial Government would assist foreign nationals in meeting their day-to-day needs and that a special coordination mechanism to entertain requests from Diplomatic Missions pertaining to the outbreak has been established. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has advised that staff should not return to their Embassies before 3rd February, 2020.
The Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago continues to remain in close contact with our nationals in Hubei Province and advises them to follow the advice of local authorities. These nationals have not expressed any desire to be evacuated at this time. The evacuation procedure has been explained to them.
The Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago in Beijing will resume operation on Friday 31st January, 2020.