Coronavirus outbreak LIVE updates: Centre to take steps for possible evacuation of Indians from Wuhan

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Coronavirus outbreak: Over 2,700 cases of the infection have been confirmed so far in China.

Coronavirus outbreak LIVE updates: The Indian government Monday decided to take steps for the possible evacuation of over 250 Indians from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, and announced a raft of precautionary measures to deal with suspected cases.

Officials said the Ministry of External Affairs will make a request to the Chinese authorities for the evacuation of Indian nationals, mostly students, stuck in Wuhan city. "It was decided that steps may be taken to prepare for possible evacuation of Indian nationals in Wuhan. Accordingly, the Ministry of External Affairs will make a request to the Chinese authorities," a government statement said.

Earlier today, even as the death toll from the deadly coronavirus mounts to 80 in China, the Indian Embassy in Beijing also asked Indian nationals in Wuhan to inform them if they encounter any shortage of food, water, and other essential supplies. The embassy also asked the Indian nationals who are not in possession of their passports to inform it with details of name, passport number and to whom the document was submitted. Explained: What is coronavirus?