Online assistance platform launched to help Chinese students in UK amid coronavirus outbreak



An online assistance platform has been launched to allow medical experts from southwest China's Sichuan Province to provide remote consultations for Chinese students in Britain amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Jointly launched via video link on Monday by the Chinese embassy in Britain and West China Hospital of Sichuan University, the "Online Assistance Platform for Students Studying in the UK" offers advice and answers questions from Chinese students in Britain on COVID-19 prevention.

The Online Assistance Platform is another project designed to help Chinese students in Britain in face of the epidemic, following a similar scheme created last week with support from China's Shandong Province, Chinese Ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming said at the launching ceremony.

He added that through webinars, long-term medical and psychological online counselling services, as well as e-books about the prevention and control of the disease, the platform will strengthen the confidence and courage of Chinese students in Britain to stay safe and healthy.

During the first webinar held on the platform following the launching ceremony, Liang Zong'an, director of the department of pulmonary and critical care medicine of the West China Hospital, who also led China's first group of medical experts to Italy, shared knowledge about the disease and answered questions from students.

The webinar was broadcast online, attracting an audience of more than 50,000, said the Chinese embassy.

According to the embassy, since the outbreak of COVID-19, Chinese students studying in Britain have set up more than 330 mutual-help groups among over 150 universities.