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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Chinese government is facing the music for not sending planes to rescue 8,000 Chinese nationals stranded in Nepal.

The government is being criticized for sending only commercial airlines to rescue Chinese tourists and workers in the disaster hit Nepal. Reports of airlines demanding heavy fare from the rescued people, though officially denied, have nonetheless added fuel to the fire.

Comparisons are also being drawn between Indian Army’s swift rescue operations and that of China’s People’s Liberation Army, which seems to not be as effective as the former’s.

Faced with the question of airplanes in rescue operations, Chinese defense spokesman Geng Yansheng said, ‘ Whether to use military aircraft to transport people from a disaster area this is to be decided by various factors. After the earthquake, the government had organized a number of civilian commercial flights to evacuate Chinese citizens stranded in Nepal.’

He also said that three helicopters from Tibet had taken food and water to the Chinese employees at a hydro project, airlifting some of them.

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry has offered to work with New Delhi in the ongoing rescue operations.

“China and India are neighbors to Nepal. We would like to work together and coordinate positively with India in our assistance efforts in Nepal to help it to overcome the difficulties and rebuild its homeland,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei.

Apart from Indians, Indian Air Force also rescued 170 people from 15 different countries who faced nature’s wrath in Nepal.

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New Virus Can Spread Through Human Contact: China

China: Possible That New Virus Could Spread Between Humans

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Security guards stand in front of the closed Huanan wholesale seafood market, where health authorities say a man who died from a respiratory illness had purchased goods from, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, China. VOA

The possibility that a new virus in central China could spread between humans cannot be ruled out, though the risk of transmission at the moment appears to be low, Chinese officials said Wednesday.

Forty-one people in the city of Wuhan have received a preliminary diagnosis of a novel coronavirus, a family of viruses that can cause both the common cold and more serious diseases. A 61-year-old man with severe underlying conditions died from the coronavirus on Saturday.

While preliminary investigations indicate that most of the patients had worked at or visited a particular seafood wholesale market, one woman may have contracted the virus from her husband, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said in a public notice.

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Commuters wear protection masks inside a subway train in Hong Kong, China. VOA

The commission said the husband, who fell ill first, worked at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. Meanwhile, the wife said she hasn’t had any exposure to the market.

It’s possible that the husband brought home food from the market that then infected his wife, Hong Kong health official Chuang Shuk-kwan said at a news briefing. But because the wife did not exhibit symptoms until days after her husband, it’s also possible that he infected her.

Chuang and other Hong Kong health officials spoke to reporters Wednesday following a trip to Wuhan, where mainland Chinese authorities briefed them on the outbreak.

The threat of human-to-human transmission remains low, Chuang said, as hundreds of people, including medical professionals, have been in close contact with infected individuals and have not been infected themselves.

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She echoed Wuhan authorities’ assertion that there remains no definitive evidence of human-to-human transmission.

The outbreak in Wuhan has raised the specter of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome. SARS is a type of coronavirus that first struck southern China in late 2002. It then spread to more than two dozen countries, killing nearly 800 people. (VOA)