Pakistan's embassy in China asks its citizens to register amid fear of the coronavirus

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has urged its citizens residing in China to register at its embassy in Beijing while flight operations resume between the two countries amid the outbreak of coronavirus that has claimed 425 lives.

Pakistan on Monday allowed two Chinese flights to land here, a day after receiving special medical equipment from Beijing to detect cases of deadly viruses.

A public notice was published on the Pakistan Embassy website on Sunday after several students in China contacted Pakistani television channels and complained that the embassy did not have an adequate database of its citizens in China.

All Pakistani citizens residing in China are requested to register themselves and their families at the Pakistani Embassy as soon as possible, according to the notice.

He said that registration can be done by filling out the electronic forms that are delivered on the embassy website.

It is also requested that full details of all family members, including spouses/children, can also be provided during registration, the embassy said.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said that almost 30,000 Pakistani students, including 500 in Wuhan, were in China, in addition to many business people.

While India, the United States, Sri Lanka and many other countries evacuated their citizens from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, Pakistan has rejected the pleas of its citizens stranded in the city to transport them by air.

Pakistan's ambassador to China, Naghmana Hashmi, said Sunday that Pakistani students should not be evacuated from Wuhan, since their country's medical facilities did not meet the standards required to treat a patient diagnosed with the coronavirus.