Students wear protective face masks as they walk near Eminonu in Istanbul amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus. AFP
The coronavirus outbreak seems to be gaining intensity with each passing day. The virus is making people do the unimaginable. They are living in an age of bans on entry to cafes, restaurants and cinemas, clampdowns on travel and virtual confinement in their homes. Social contact has been considerably minimised, even the handshake has been shaken off.
Those living in Europe are in panic mode. Students in particular have been hit hard. “I would like to highlight the stressful situation at Glasgow due to the cause of COVID-19. As I developed some knowledge about this virus, the more overwhelmed I felt and the feeling of health and safety is intolerable because nobody is able to control this contagious virus,” remarks
Students say goodbye to their friends as they prepare for a spring break and an extended period of online classes due to the coronavirus outbreak at Syracuse University. Reuters
Noel Sunil John, a student from Glasgow. John is very nervy. “Feels like I'm stuck in a trap and it does scare me as a student. My daily activities are hampered, moreover the economy’s performance is sliding very quick. This virus has made my past few weeks extremely difficult for me and those around me. The working class and the students are suffering from fear of getting this virus and all large group meetings are cancelled. Such is our state right now. My university is currently holding a few classes via videoconferencing. We're only hoping that this situation gets better over time.”
Jobin, a student in Lyon, France, avers, “Institutions are functioning normally but I am living in fear that I might fall ill (with the coronavirus). The universities are still running and they have not cancelled any classes which is disturbing for me as a student.”
A techie from London, who pleads anonymity, says, “ We’ve all been made to work from home. Most public gatherings have been cancelled like football, sporting events etc. All my personal travel plans are on hold. Employees can’t travel for business meetings. The virus has impacted the business I support as well as my personal life.”
Another UK-based resident, Rajiv Paul Reddy, remarks, “People are stocking on supplies. The spread (of the coronavirus) is alarming people.
“The UK has not put on a full ban. People are still going about their business. But if the spread of the coronavirus keeps up its current pace I believe they will impose a ban on public gatherings this week.”
The comments were made via email.
The embassy noted that it coordinated with UAE national carriers Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airways and Saudi national carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines to operate flights for the next 72 hours according to the announced schedule. It commended in this regard the notable cooperation shown by officials of the national carriers in question.
Coronavirus concerns led Saudi Arabia to cut off air and sea travel with Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, South Korea, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. The kingdom had earlier closed off its land borders as well.
The 11 individuals diagnosed with the new coronavirus include two Italians, two Filipinos, one Montenegrin, one Canadian, one German, one Pakistani, one Emirati, one Russian and one British citizen.
This statement was made in a circular issued by the Ministry of Education and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, NCEMA, as a preventive and precautionary measure to ensure the safety of students and in line with the national efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19.
It stated that the closure decision came after several food poisoning cases had been reported by a number of customers who ate grilled chicken meals contaminated with salmonella bacteria from that restaurant.
Fawad Chaudhry was taken into custody on Jan.25 for allegedly "inciting violence against a constitutional institution” — the Election Commission of Pakistan.
The skiing group was made up of Russian and Polish nationals and two local guides, police said. Police identified the two Polish skiers as Krzysltof, 43, and Adam Grzech, 45. Their bodies have been moved to a hospital.