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A trained paramedic choked to death after forcing three Choco Pies into her mouth during a cake-eating contest in Russia. 

Alexandra Yudina started choking after emptying her plate at a Moscow bar in a race with two other contestants. 


The 23-year-old gasped for breath and collapsed to the floor with her mouth apparently still full of cake. 


Bar staff and some of her friends with medical qualifications rushed to help her but were unable to clear the blockage. 


 Yudina (pictured), a trained paramedic, choked to death at a Moscow bar after forcing three chocolate cakes into her mouth during an eating contest 

Alexandra was one of three contestants given a plate of Choco Pies (above) during the eating competition at a Russian bar.


The 23-year-old started choking after trying to eat the last two cakes in one mouthful.


An ambulance crew arrived at the Killfish bar but could not save the 23-year-old's life. 


Footage of the horrifying incident was shared by partygoers at the Moscow venue while CCTV footage was shown on Russian television. 


After Alexandra walked away from the table where the contest was held, the footage shows a photographer taking her picture as she suddenly becomes unsteady. 


She appeared to be heading towards the toilet but she collapsed on the floor despite a friend's attempts to catch her.  


One Moscow newspaper said that Alexandra, known to her friends as Sasha, had been diagnosed with leukaemia six months ago and had told friends she wanted to use every chance to have fun.  


However, her grieving father Vasily Yudin, 57, has not confirmed her illness.


Alexandra started gasping for breath after finishing the eating contest and leaving the table


Alexandra collapsed on the floor despite a friend's attempts to catch her after she started choking following the eating contest.




There are reports that Alexandra, known to her friends as Sasha, had been diagnosed with leukaemia six months ago


Reports said Sasha had not planned to take part in an eating contest when she went out on Saturday evening, but joined in when it started.  


Each competitor was given three small cakes, believed to be Choco Pies with a marshmallow filling. 


The footage shows Alexandra trying to stuff two of them into her mouth at once after eating the first, causing her to choke. 


Alexandra had been happily 'drinking, dancing and joking' earlier in the evening, said friends.


The 23-year-old had graduated from a medical college with a qualification as a paramedic.  


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Tesla's Solar Roof has had a rough start. Originally introduced in Oct. 2016, the Solar Roof was re-worked several times, and has only gone into wider distribution this year, partially due to Tesla's well-documented struggles to produce its Model 3 at volume. 


But it now seems Tesla is serious about making its Solar Roof ubiquitous. On Sunday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed on Twitter that the company plans to offer the roof internationally "later this year." 


Musk would not name individual countries in which the roof would be offered, but he did say that the roof will initially be produced in Tesla's Gigafactory in New York, with production going international with time. 


Tesla's Solar Roof simplifies (and, ideally, reduces cost of) the process of installing solar panels on your roof by combining the panels and tiles into one. Musk often highlighted the Roof's appearance, claiming that it's visually far more appealing than traditional solar panels and traditional roofs. 


Musk also encouraged all interested to apply for a job in Tesla's Solar Roof team. The company is hiring roofers and installers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah. and Virginia.


There's a worrying bit of news today regarding Tesla's international production expansion, though. According to Reuters, the company was forced to pause prep work for its Berlin Gigafactory after a local environmentalist group filed a complaint with a German court. The plant Tesla's fourth massive factory, besides two in the U.S. and one in China is scheduled to be operational in July 2021. 


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Mars is very much a world of two halves as highlighted by this new image from ESA's Mars Express, which shows where the planet's dramatically different hemispheres come together as one. ESA/DLR/FU Berlin


The European Space Agency (ESA)'s Mars Express orbiter has captured this image of the Martian surface, showing the boundary between the planet's north and south hemispheres. The two hemispheres are strikingly different. The northern hemisphere of Mars is generally smooth and flat, consisting of low plains with few impact craters. The southern hemisphere, however, is mountainous and covered in craters, with many areas of past volcanic activity.


To see the boundary between the two more clearly, the ESA also released this colored version of the image which represents elevation. The purple and blue areas are low, while the yellow and reds have higher altitudes. The bottom half of the image shows a high ridge, with a boundary beyond which lower plains lie.

This color-coded topographic image shows a region of Mars' surface named Nilosyrtis Mensae, based on data gathered by the Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera on September 29, 2019 during orbit 19908. ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO


The area which separates the two hemispheres is called a "dichotomy boundary." In this area, there are broken sections of ground called "fretted terrain," and in this particular image, the region of fretted terrain is called  Nilosyrtis Mensae.


"Nilosyrtis Mensae has a labyrinthian appearance, with numerous channels and valleys carving through the terrain," the ESA explained in a blog post. "Water, wind and ice have been strongly affecting this region, dissecting and eroding the terrain, along with changes in martian geology: valleys have formed over time and sliced across the region, and once-defined impact craters have slowly degraded, their walls and features gradually wearing away."


The area is of interest not only because it is a boundary region, but also because it may contain clues to the history of water on Mars. There are ridges and grooves on the surface in the area which seem to have been made by a flowing material such as ice. At a distant time in the planet's history, ice glaciers may have flowed across the surface of the planet, leaving impressions in the rock which are still visible today.


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New research has found that having 10 or more sexual partners in a lifetime appears to be linked to a higher incidence of being diagnosed with cancer.


Carried out by researchers from Canada, Vienna, Italy, the United Kingdom and Turkey, the new study looked at data gathered from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), which followed a nationally representative sample of 2,537 men and 3,185 women aged 50 and over living in England.


The participants were asked how many sexual partners they had had during their lifetime, with the answers categorised as zero to one; two to four; five to nine; and 10 or more sexual partners.



The participants were also asked to rate their own health, including any long-term conditions, and provide information on their age, ethnicity, marital status, household income, smoking status, physical activity levels and any depressive symptoms.


The findings, published online in the journal BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health, showed that there was a statistically significant association between the number of lifetime sexual partners and a cancer diagnosis among both men and women.


More specifically, men who reported two to four lifetime sexual partners were 57 per cent more likely to have been diagnosed with cancer than those who reported zero to one, while those who reported 10 or more partners were 69 per cent more likely to have received a cancer diagnosis.


For women, those who reported having 10 or more partners were 91 per cent more likely to have been diagnosed with cancer compared with women who reported zero to one sexual partner.


The results also showed that for women, having a higher number of sexual partners was also linked to a higher chance of having a long-term health condition, with women who reported five to nine or 10+ lifetime sexual partners 64 per cent more likely to have a chronic condition that impacted their daily routine than those who said they had had zero to one partner. However, the same association was not found among the men.


For both sexes, a higher number of sexual partners was also found to be associated with younger age, single status, being in the highest or lowest brackets of household wealth, smoking, frequent drinking, and doing more vigorous physical activity.


The researchers point out that as the study is observational, they cannot establish a cause and effect relationship. However, they add that the findings are in line with previous studies that have suggested that sexually transmitted infections could be involved in the development of several types of cancer and hepatitis.


They also add that the reason why there is a difference between men and women with regards to their risk of having a long-term condition remains "elusive," especially considering that men tend to have more lifetime sexual partners than women, and women are more likely than men to see a doctor when they feel ill.


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The number of people who have tested positive for the new coronavirus on a quarantined ship off Japan's coast has risen to 355, the country's health minister said Sunday (Feb 16), as Hong Kong and Canada said they would send planes to pick up their residents.


"So far, we have conducted tests for 1,219 individuals. Of those, 355 people tested positive. Of those, 73 individuals are not showing symptoms," Katsunobu Kato told a roundtable discussion on public broadcaster NHK - a rise of 70 from the last government total.


There were more than 3,700 people on the ship when it arrived off the Japanese coast in early February.



It was placed into quarantine after a passenger who got off the boat in Hong Kong tested positive for the newly named Covid-19.


Those diagnosed on board have been removed to hospital, with people remaining on the ship told that their quarantine would be over on Feb 19, two weeks from when it officially began.


The Hong Kong government will send aircraft to Japan to bring back passengers on the Diamond Princess, where the most coronavirus infections outside China have occurred.


In a statement late on Saturday (Feb 15), the Security Bureau said chartered flights would return Hong Kong residents to the city for free once Japanese authorities had confirmed the plan.


The passengers will be required to undergo a further 14 days of quarantine after arriving in Hong Kong, the bureau added.


Canada said it has chartered a plane to evacuate its citizens onboard the Diamond Princess, the Canadian government said in a statement late on Saturday (Feb 15). 


Canadian passengers who exhibit symptoms of the coronavirus infection will not be permitted to board the flight and will instead be transferred to the Japanese health care system to receive appropriate care, the government said.  After arriving in Canada, the passengers will undergo a 14-day period of quarantine, the statement added. 


The United States has also said it will send aircraft to Japan to bring back passengers from the ship.


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East Africa is facing a widespread famine if plagues of locusts devouring crops in the region cannot be brought under control, the UN has warned. 


Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Eritrea and Djibouti - with a combined population of 276million - could all run short of food.


The locusts are already thought to number more than a billion and their population could increase by 500 times in the next four months if nothing is done. 



Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Eritrea and Djibouti are all facing potential famine with 13million people left without food due to plagues of locusts, UN officials say


David Beasley, director of the UN's World Food Programme, has called for $76million (53m) to pay for pesticides and planes to spray the swarms.

He also warned that the countries being affected do not have the resources to combat the insects alone.


Mr Beasley also warned that some 13million people will need food supplies if the plague goes unchecked, at an estimated cost of $1billion.


The locust invasion is the worst infestation in Kenya for 70 years and the worst in Somalia and Ethiopia for 25 years.


Kenya has begun spraying the swarms with pesticides, Uganda is sending the military to spray the insects, while Somalia has declared a state of emergency. 


It is thought the locust swarm began in war-ravaged Yemen three months ago, before moving to Ethiopia and Somalia in December.




David Beasley, of the World Food Programme, warned they world could be left with a $1billion food aid bill if they fail to take action to stem the swarms



There are around a billion locusts currently in Africa, and if action is not taken then their numbers could swell by 500 times in the next four months (pest controllers in Uganda)


By the end of the month they had reached Kenya, then crossed into Uganda in recent weeks.


Desert locusts are typically solitary creatures, but can form into huge swarms under the right conditions.

It is thought that heavy rainfall, which causes the population to boom, followed by a drought which forces the creatures into a smaller area is to blame.


As the group is forced together the locusts' bodies flood with a hormone called serotonin, which produces the swarming behaviour.


The change is so dramatic, that for decades scientists thought the solitary locusts and swarming variety were actually two different species, until it was disproved.


The swarm then moves away from its traditional territory in search of more food, and will keep going until the numbers fall back to sustainable levels, or the food runs out.

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The Bichat hospital in Paris, where some of the patients infected with the coronavirus are being treated.


An elderly Chinese tourist hospitalised in France has died of the coronavirus, becoming the first fatality in Europe, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on Saturday (Feb 15).


France has recorded 11 cases of the virus, out of a global total of 63,851.


The vast majority of those suffering from the virus are in China.


The epidemic has killed more than 1,500 people.


Ms Buzyn said she was informed on Friday that the 80-year-old man, who was treated at the Bichat hospital in northern Paris since Jan 25, had died of a lung infection due to the coronavirus, adding that his condition had deteriorated rapidly after several critical days.


He had arrived in France on Jan 16 before he was placed in quarantine in the hospital on Jan 25.


Six people with the virus remain in hospital in France, Ms Buzyn said, adding that none was seriously ill.


Outside mainland China, there have been about 500 cases, of which roughly 35 have been reported in the European Union.


Until the death in France, there had been three deaths outside mainland China, with one in Japan, one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.


The scale of the epidemic ballooned this week after officials in the Chinese province of Hubei the epicentre of the outbreak changed their criteria for counting cases, adding thousands of new patients to the tally.


Some 56 million people in Hubei and its capital Wuhan are now living under quarantine, virtually sealed off from the rest of the country in an effort to contain the virus.


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As Americans scrambled to pack their bags for a chartered flight home, the number of coronavirus cases aboard the Diamond Princess grew to 355.


A bus arriving at the cruise ship Diamond Princess, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama.


American passengers on Sunday frantically prepared to evacuate a cruise ship that has been quarantined for more than 10 days in the Japanese port city of Yokohama, as hundreds of people on board fell ill with the coronavirus.


As the Americans scrambled to pack their bags and prepare their own meals for a chartered flight to the United States, Japanese health officials said the number of confirmed coronavirus cases found on the ship, the Diamond Princess, had grown by 70, to 355.


Cant get off here fast enough, Sarah Arana, 52, a medical social worker from Paso Robles, Calif., told reporters on Sunday.


The United States Embassy in Japan had recommended that American citizens stay aboard the ship during a 14-day quarantine period. But it suddenly changed course on Saturday, citing a rapidly evolving situation as conditions appeared to worsen.



American passengers said they were told to prepare to leave the ship at 9 p.m. local time. Their flight was scheduled to depart Haneda Airport in Tokyo at 3 a.m. on Monday. Officials said they would be taken to one of two military air bases in the United States.


An American passenger, Gay Courter, packing her belongings on board the Diamond Princess.


Passengers on the charter were told there would be no overhead luggage space on the flight, so all carry-ons had to fit under the seats in front of them, and shipped luggage could not exceed 70 pounds. They would be flying on a converted 747 cargo plane, the officials said, which could be cold, so they were advised to shower and dress warmly for the flight. They were also advised to bring their own food.


Late in the afternoon, as buses lined up on the pier, American officials dressed in protective suits knocked on the cabin doors of American citizens to inform them that they needed to put their luggage out at 6 p.m. to prepare for the 9 p.m. transfer.


Rachel Torres, 24, who had been on her honeymoon with her husband, Tyler, also 24, said they were trying to clean their stateroom so as not to leave a mess for their cabin steward.


We didnt sleep much last night, said Ms. Torres. In preparation for the flight, she said, the couple were drinking as much water as we can to hydrate for the flight since we will be wearing masks on the plane.



Including the cases aboard the Diamond Princess, Japan has recorded the highest number of infections from the new coronavirus outside mainland China. Worldwide, more than 68,500 people have been infected, and at least 1,669 have died, almost all in mainland China.


On Sunday, workers in protective clothing traveled on a bus that left the Diakoku pier, where the ship has been docked and in quarantine.


When the ship was placed under quarantine, more than 3,700 passengers and crew aboard were on board, including about 400 Americans. Those found to have the virus and some particularly vulnerable passengers were taken off the ship.


The American Embassy in Tokyo said those with coronavirus infections or symptoms would not be allowed to take the chartered flight.


Once in the United States, the passengers will be required to undergo a two-week quarantine at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., or Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Tex.


Those who do not take the charter will not be allowed to travel to the United States until March 4, two weeks after they would have otherwise had been allowed to leave the ship on Wednesday, the embassy said.


Some remained hesitant about whether to take the charter flight. Linda Tsukamoto, 63, a retired retail manager from Marina del Rey, Calif., said she had signed up for the evacuation flight, but changed her mind at the last minute.


Ms. Tsukamoto stuck a Post-it note on her door reading, Im staying. Three military doctors came to her door and advised her to go. Their emphatic tone, she said, was scary, but she is standing her ground.


Id rather go home first class on United Airlines than a cold, noisy military charter when the Japanese Ministry of Health releases us, she said. I refuse to be fearful but respect the U.S. government to help others who feel more comfortable rushing home.


Passengers wearing protective face masks on the cruise ship. Once in the United States, passengers will be required to undergo a two-week quarantine.


According to a letter from the Diamond Princess staff to passengers on Sunday, passengers who test negative for the virus and show no symptoms will be allowed to leave the ship on Feb. 19. The letter noted that passengers may be subject to additional quarantine requirements by their country of destination when leaving Japan.


With at least 40 Americans from the ship having tested positive for the coronavirus during the quarantine period, some will be left behind in Japan when the charter flights depart.


For some, that means family separations. John Haering, 63, who was taken to a hospital in Chiba Prefecture last week with a fever and tested positive for the virus, will have to stay while his wife, Melanie, boards the charter flight.


Shell be in California quarantine, Mr. Haering said by telephone from his hospital bed. And Im staying here, obviously.


Mr. Haering said he was angry that the U.S. government had not acted earlier.


If they were going to fly people out, they should have flown them out in the very beginning, he said. That way, we wouldnt have sat there for 12 days, all of us getting sicker. I wouldnt have been in the hospital; I would have been in the U.S. getting the treatment that I needed, and I could have been in quarantine there.


Tung Pi Lee, 79, was whisked away from the ship Wednesday night with a fever, leaving his wife on the ship. JoAnn LaRoche Lee, one of Mr. Lees daughters, said she and her siblings did not want her mother to try to stay in Japan with their father for fear she would not be allowed to come back if she did not take the charter flight.


Japan Self-Defense Forces near the Diamond Princess cruise ship early Sunday.


As for their father, said Ms. Lee, Were just kind of trusting that the State Department will be able to facilitate my dads return.


The United States previously evacuated about 850 people on five charter flights from Wuhan.


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Online dating is not only transforming the way people hook up, it is changing the way single people spend their money and shaping the nature of household spending, according to one investor taking an interest in the emerging sector.


"It's driving pretty much everything, if you think about all the things people spend money on around finding a romantic partner, courting them, getting married, having kids," said Daniel McMurtrie, the young co-founder and CEO of Tyro Capital Management, a New York hedge fund.



McMurtrie, 28, has tracked the rising tide in people going online to find a partner "from a kind of niche category, which was a little bit of a joke to some people, to being the dominant form of dating".


According to a Pew Research Center study published Feb 6, 30 per cent of American adults have used a dating app or website.


For people under 30, that increases to 50 per cent.


The proliferation of smartphones and the ease of using apps have been game changers.


All a user has to do is enter a small amount of personal information to start seeing photos of potential matches.


A simple swipe of the finger can show interest, and if it is reciprocated, start a conversation.


The financial cost of arranging a date has been drastically reduced, as has the cost in time from wasted encounters or rejections.


"Historically people have dated within their social circles, their friends, their family, their church, their social groups," said McMurtrie.


"That's really maybe 100, 200 people max."


McMurtrie, 28, has tracked the rising tide in people going online to find a partner 'from a kind of niche category, which was a little bit of a joke to some people, to being the dominant form of dating'.


The social penalties have also been reduced.


"If you date someone who's a friend of a friend and it doesn't work out, that can be very awkward."


"Because everyone can get a number of dates instantly through an app, it doesn't really make sense to take that risk anymore," noted McMurtrie, who published a research paper on the phenomenon in November.


Younger generations may lack the financial means to buy a house, and roadtesting life as a couple before potentially splitting up is less complicated if you only pay rent, rather than a hefty mortgage.


These days, couples in the US tend to marry later and divorce less.


Longer educations or economic uncertainty are commonly cited as reasons for that delay, but McMurtrie believes online dating plays a part as well.


"People are... dating more, meeting more people and understanding more about what their preferences are, and what they can and cannot deal with in a long-term relationship," he said.


COSMETICS FOR MEN


This evolution is having an economic impact "because it's driving consumer spending, it's driving household formation", McMurtrie explained.


He points to the boom in men's grooming products as an example: his theory being that male skin creams and hair and beard care products are flying off the shelves in part because men want to appear more attractive in their dating profile pictures.


By contrast, sales of fragrance have not been affected in the same way because "you can't smell a selfie. Everything is becoming Instagram-ified."


The main players in the market, such as Tinder, Bumble or Hinge, earn money by offering subscriptions that give users access to more features or more profile visibility.


But the biggest opportunities, according to McMurtrie, are in partnerships with restaurants, entertainment venues and clothing and cosmetic stores.


"To go on a date in New York City, you are spending at least US$100, maybe US$200," said McMurtrie.


"Right now, Tinder earns 59 cents daily per paying user. So the question is... what percentage of that hundred dollars can Tinder take if they can help facilitate that transaction."


TABOO TOPIC


There isn't much financial research on the subject because "online dating is inherently a topic related to sexuality, and I think in a professional context, it makes people somewhat uncomfortable, or it's very hard to take it seriously", McMurtrie observed.


"It would be very hard to talk about this business at length in any serious boardroom environment because you're having to consider things like, 'What is the rate at which people (who) go on a first date start going out?'"


For McMurtrie, the most underestimated impact of online dating is the agency it can potentially provide to women, particularly in more conservative countries where romantic hopefuls may be limited to a very small circle of family friends.


But with apps, women can go from a choice among "10 or 15 men... to potentially having millions of options," said McMurtrie.


Furthermore, female users "realise that they can say no to a man without any risk, and without any reputational downside".


"It's not only a great social thing," said McMurtrie. "It's also a great economic thing because... half the population actually have agency and have some equal say and participation."


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Recently I had one of my Fulfilment Artists ask me how I prepare for a keynote speech so I thought I would share the key steps I go through to make it happen.
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STAGE 1 Preparation


1. Understand what they want
   
2. Create a clear structure for your speech
   
3. Create an emotional roller coaster
   
4. Create a detailed speech
   
5. Create the Powerpoint
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Full practice 1

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STAGE 2 Flow


1. Check the timing
   
2. Check the speech flow
   
3. Redo Speech and adjust powerpoint
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4. Add in extra inspiration
   

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Stage 3 Inspire


1. Check your body language in stories
   
2. Speed run through no speaking
   
3. Practice practice practice!
   

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Pakistan has refused to evacuate 800 citizens in Wuhan, fearing an outbreak at home. Some stuck in the hot zone worry they are part of a larger geopolitical game.



For days, Nadeem Bhatti, a university student in Wuhan watched as his foreign classmates fled the center of the coronavirus outbreak lines of Indians, Americans and others filed somberly onto buses as their governments evacuated them from the hot zone.


But Mr. Bhatti, like hundreds of other Pakistani students, was left behind.


The Pakistani government has asked Mr. Bhatti and the 800 other Pakistani students in Wuhan to stay put, the result of a grim government calculus.


Pakistans health care system is in shambles. Already strained hospitals lack trained doctors and supplies. If infected nationals return home, the virus would likely spread unabated across the country. Pakistan is one of the last places in the world still battling polio, and incidents of dengue fever and H.I.V. are on the rise.


Believe me at first I thought that we must go back because we could be infected by the virus, said Mr. Bhatti, a 25-year-old civil engineering student at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Some nights I couldnt sleep because of the stress.


But now we are thinking no. There are no good hospitals to treat coronavirus back home and the Chinese are working very hard to beat this, he said.


Suspicions that Pakistan was being overly obsequious grew last week after the country resumed commercial flights to China. Pakistani citizens with the means can return home if they test negative for coronavirus.


On Twitter this week, Dr. Zafar Mirza, a senior health adviser to Pakistans prime minister, urged Pakistani nationals in China to remain calm.


The government is discussing the situation at the highest level and will make the best decision in view of all factors, with reference to the devastating coronavirus potential global pandemic, Dr. Mirza wrote. Rest assured you are our own and we care!


A Pakistani student stuck in Xianning, on the outskirts of Wuhan and appealing to be evacuated, shot back.


Do you even a little care for us? wrote the user, identified on Twitter only as Muhammad Ibraheem, who is studying medicine at Hubei University of Science and Technology. Why dont you kill all of us? It will be easy for you guys, or sell us to China. At least you will get some benefits. You left us to die here.


In an interview, Mr. Ibraheem described a desperate situation in Xianning where he said medical supplies were running out as the death toll steadily ticked up. He and many other Pakistani students are running out of money to buy food as the banks are closed and A.T.M.s shuttered.


At the start of the outbreak, the government was so focused on containing the virus and putting the students like much of the population under lockdown that they forgot to provide basic support for Mr. Ibraheem and his peers, he said.


We didnt have water for three days. And then our university provided for us, but it was four liters of water for each student to last for five days, he said, adding that he and his peers boiled nonpotable tap water when they ran out.


The Pakistani government is not helping at all, he said.


Groups of students have resorted to videotaping their anxious pleas to the Pakistani government, asking to be evacuated.


In one video, a group of five masked students stand shoulder-to-shoulder.


We request the Pakistani government, we are also your children, one student says through a blue medical mask. Please, please, please, support us and get us out of this place.


Mr. Bhatti, who is from the Layyah, said he believes that by staying in Wuhan, he is doing his part to both keep himself safe and strengthen his countrys relationship with China.


We decided to stay here and stand with this nation, Mr. Bhatti said. If they can fight, we can fight. We say in my country that Pakistans relationship with China is sweeter than honey and higher than the Himalayas.


But still, the loneliness grates on him. Most days Mr. Bhatti idles in his room of the once-buzzing dormitory for international students. The large block building hosted hundreds of students from countries the world over. Now, only 127 students all of them Pakistani are left.


Just down the hall, four Pakistani students were infected last month after sharing a meal in one of their dorm rooms. Since then, students are forbidden from mingling. To break up the long days, Mr. Bhatti often walks down the hall to speak to his best friend through the window of his dorm room.


Mr. Bhatti described a situation as desperate as Mr. Ibraheems during the early days of the outbreak: students running out of food and barred from leaving the dormitory.


After hungry pleas from students, the school administration set up a system where Mr. Bhatti and other students can go to an office on campus and order what they need. He then retires to his room until a knock on the door signals his order has arrived, placed on the doorstep by an unseen delivery person, who speeds away.


Sometimes his mother calls while he is eating, but her anxiety stresses him out, he admits.


My mother wants me home, Mr. Bhatti said. She is crying and praying for me and distributing food to poor people in our neighborhood so they can pray for me, too.


Source: https://www.nytimes.com


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As foreigners flee China, Pakistan tells its citizens to stay