Nepal plans to evacuate citizens from coronavirus-hit China

The Nepal government on Monday said it was working to evacuate its citizens from China, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak. Nepal Health Ministry spokesperson, Mahendra Shrestha said that Nepali citizens living in five different cities of the Chinese province of Hubei "have shown interest to come back" to the Himalayan country and that the procedure for their evacuation would require three to four days. As many as 180 Nepalis, including three children have approached the country's embassy in Beijing, demanding their evacuation from the country, as per a list of names published by the embassy. The country is yet to finalise on places where the evacuated Nepali nationals from China would be kept for a quarantine period of at least two weeks. Several countries, including India, have airlifted their citizens from China while more are planning the evacuation.