Talks ongoing over Bajans stuck in China

Francois Jackman, (left) co-director of the Confucius Institute, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, with Christian Charles.

Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were still locked in discussions with their Chinese counterparts yesterday regarding Barbadian students stuck in the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus.

At least three Barbadian students are in Wuhan, China, which has been on a national shutdown in the wake of the virus outbreak last week. 

Alexandria Payne and Jevon Hercules, who was visiting from Xiamen University in another region, are stuck in Payne’s apartment in the city; while a teenager is believed to be held up in his dorm at Wuhan University.

On Tuesday, relatives of Payne and Hercules pleaded with authorities to assist the Barbadians to either return home to the island or, at the very least, get out of Wuhan.

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