Hun Sen to visit Cambodian students in Wuhan

World | 4 Feb 2020 7:36 pm

Cambodia’s leader said today he will visit Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the new coronavirus outbreak, to meet with students from his country studying there.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said on his Facebook page that he would fly tomorrow to Wuhan from South Korea’s capital, Seoul.

He initially said Chinese authorities had agreed to the trip but later updated his posting to say he was awaiting permission.

There are no commercial flights currently operating from Seoul to Wuhan, and Hun Sen didn’t explain how he would get there. He is in Seoul for a conference organized by a private group.

Hun Sen said he plans to give moral support to the students in Wuhan and tell them not to fear the virus. A number of other countries have evacuated their citizens from the city.

He told Cambodians in a television broadcast last week that the virus does not threaten them, and he would not ban flights from China.

The virus has sickened more than 20,600 people worldwide, most of them in China. More than 420 have died.-AP

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