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Coronavirus: ‘We Cannot Afford to Repatriate Our Citizens’, Says Senegalese President Macky Sall

Senegal cannot afford to repatriate its 12 students stranded in Wuhan, the heart of the coronavirus epidemic, President Macky Sall revealed on Monday.

“Even the large countries that have been able to repatriate have done so with great difficulty. This requires logistics that are completely beyond Senegal’s reach, ”said Macky Sall during a ceremony in Dakar.

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“We need special planes that can go there, we need personnel, they are not airlines (but) military (aircraft). When these people return, we must be able to quarantine them in a place equipped with the necessary equipment, which is not yet the case for our country and the African countries, ”he added.

According to local press, the 12 students stranded in Wuhan are asking to be repatriated. “I have a very great thought with regard to our compatriots. We are in contact with them through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and our embassy in Beijing. We were able to send (financial) support, but the question of repatriation was raised, and it is not simple. We are working with the Chinese authorities to see any possibility of being able to follow them properly. For now, we are there ”, underlined the president.

The toll of the epidemic was 425 dead Tuesday with more than 20,400 infected. The World Health Organization has also declared a global emergency because the virus has spread to around 20 countries.

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Written by How Africa

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