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Taiwan man stuck in Hubei with no medicine

2020/02/25 17:15

Since Taiwan evacuated the Taiwanese passengers from the Diamond Princess on February 21, there have been growing calls from many of the nearly 1,000 Taiwanese nationals stuck in China's Hubei Province, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus epidemic, for Taiwan's government to bring them home also. The entire province has been locked down as the Chinese authorities try to stop the spread of the virus, so no one can leave freely, unless they are non-Chinese citizens and can be evacuated on chartered flights. Taiwanese make up perhaps one of the largest groups of non-Chinese nationals there because many of them had traveled to the province to visit their relatives for the Lunar New Year. They have been stranded for over a month while the Chinese and Taiwanese governments argue over what happened with the first and only evacuation flight to Taiwan, and they still seem unable to work out how other evacuations should proceed. Taiwan’s government insists discussions should be conducted through government-to-government channels,those most at risk should be prioritized, and that no one with the virus should be allowed on the planes. China’s government has accused Taiwanese authorities of politicizing the evacuations and causing unnecessary delays. It refuses to deal directly with President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration, says there is no need to prioritize evacuees because many flights are available, and it insists no one had a fever before getting on the first flight and that it checks everyone’s temperature before they are allowed to board the evacuation planes. Currently, no other flights to Taiwan are planned. Amidthe stalemate, Taiwanese stuck in Hubei have been crying out for help. Here’s a plea from Mr. Chen, who suffers from heart disease and oral cancer and has run out of medication.

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