China declines Cambodia PM’s request to visit virus epicentre

China turned down a request from Cambodia’s leader Hun Sen to visit the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak to comfort stranded Cambodian students as it could not “properly arrange” a trip to locked-down Wuhan city, state media said Wednesday.

Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province have reported hundreds of deaths and thousands of infections, and more than 53 million people are living under tough restrictions.

“Considering the fact that Wuhan is doing all it can to fight the outbreak, and given the tight schedule, a visit… cannot be properly arranged at this moment,” Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a briefing Wednesday.

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