Mother pleads for Canada to evacuate her daughter from ‘life-threatening’ situation in Wuhan

France and the United States have announced plans to evacuate their citizens from the region

CBC News
Date: Jan 25, 2020
By: Michelle Ghoussoub

Lily Lu and her daughter, Fiona Dong, who is currently locked down in Wuhan. (Submitted by Lily Lu)

A mother in B.C. is pleading with the Canadian government to evacuate her daughter from the locked-down city of Wuhan, China, saying the situation is "life-threatening."

Lily Lu's 30-year-old daughter, Fiona Dong, travelled to Wuhan from Taiwan, where she is pursuing a PhD, on January 10 to visit relatives.

Dong, a Canadian citizen, was scheduled to fly back to Taiwan on January 27, but is now hunkered down at her relatives' home as the virus spreads.

"I'm worried so much, I can't sleep every day. Every day if she can't get out, she's [in] danger. She's my only daughter so I'm so concerned about that," Lu said.

Forty-two people have died from the coronavirus, which now infects 1,400 people and has been detected in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Nepal, and the United States.

Canada announced its first "presumptive" case of the coronavirus on Saturday.    [FULL  STORY]