By Lixuan Chen
The Coronavirus, which has become a global health issue due to its rapid rate of infection, is the biggest problem facing China right now. Almost all business and companies in China have delayed rework dates (most companies were already having time off for Lunar New Year.
Chinese students who are staying in Huddersfield are also concerned about the current situation of coronavirus and the latest progress in its prevention and control.
They keep in close touch with their families and friends in China via the Chinese chat app ‘Wechat’.
Some students, especially those whose family members are in Wuhan, buy face-masks from the UK and deliver them back to China as they can be difficult to buy in china right now.
Due to important travel restrictions, some Chinese students cannot come back to university on time for the new term.
Student Suzy Han, speaking via email, said: “I originally planned to back to Huddersfield on 27th, January. But my flight was cancelled and now I am also restricted from leaving the country.
“I have emailed the university to explain my situation and now it looks like I have to delay my graduation”.
Similarly, some students who have finished their studies cannot return to China.
Student Betty Zhang, said: “I planned to go home to celebrate Spring Festival with my family and I started looking forward to it two months ago cause I haven’t been at home for two years.
“However, I still can’t go home this year due to the current circumstance in China”.
The Chinese Students & Scholars Association in the UK has been organising donations to support Wuhan and China. A lot of Chinese students contributed money and related materials eagerly in a short period of time.
We hope China and the affected countries can overcome the epidemic promptly, and offer best wishes and prayers to the doctors who are working in the outbreak area.