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Africa: African Scholars Flee China As Coronavirus Scourge Deepens

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Guangzhou — AFRICAN students are leaving China in droves as the death toll from the coronavirus (COVID-19) wreaking havoc in the Asian country soars above 2 000.

The university students' travel back home however has taken a blow after it emerged airlines were taking advantage of the situation to charge the desperate students steep airfares.

Investigations by CAJ News Africa China Bureau established the airlines were charging between US$1 500 (R22 575) to $3 800 (R57 190) for a one-way trip.

An estimated 60 000 students in China are from African countries.

Many who spoke to CAJ News Africa insisted they would only return to China to continue their studies if the virus was brought under control.

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