The coronavirus which originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan has proved to be the greatest crisis of the decade claiming over 120,000 lives worldwide and bringing the entire world to a complete standstill. The pandemic has led to a severe global socioeconomic disruption, postponement and cancellation of sporting, religious, political and cultural events and widespread shortages of supplies worsened by panic buying. Schools, universities and colleges have closed under a strict nationwide lockdown in 197 countries, affecting approximately 99.9 per cent of the world’s student population.
China is the first country to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic and has witnessed over 3300 deaths after the virus came into existence in December 2019. Beijing, the capital of China have
already taken drastic precautionary methods to protect itself amidst the threat of a second wave of coronavirus infections from neighbouring regions. Beijing has closed all means for outsiders to enter the country after the authorities fear increase in the number of cases of the deadly coronavirus. The officials in Beijing have ordered a compulsory quarantine period of 14 days to all the Chinese people who have returned from other parts of the world mainly consisting of students. Students can return home once they are tested negative after the quarantine period. The toughest conditions are reserved for people who travel from Wuhan to Beijing. According to the Chinese officials approximately 11,000 Beijing residents are stranded in Wuhan. Between April 8 and April 13, around 1,000 people returned to Beijing from Wuhan but none tested positive for COVID-19.
-Christo Freddy, NMTV News