New Delhi: At a time when the fatal coronavirus has claimed over 56 lives, affecting over 1100 people in China, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in a series of tweet updates that the Indian Embassy in Beijing has opened three hotlines to respond to concerns of those who are affected by this virus.

“Our @EOIBeijing has opened 3 hotlines to respond to the concerns of those affected by this situation and is continuing to respond to concerns basis currently available information,”Raveesh Kumar said in a series of tweets.

He said that the embassy in China will continue to work with Chinese authorities to help Indian citizens who are infected with this virus.

“Our Embassy and Consulates General in China will continue to work with Chinese authorities to try and facilitate Indian citizens caught up in these difficult circumstances,” he added.

The development comes as the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in China has gone up to 1,975 and the death toll from the virus gone up to 56.

“We are also closely coordinating with Chinese authorities. As of now, we understand that no Indian citizens have been affected by the outbreak and that food and water supplies are available to them,” he said.

He further informed that the Indian Embassy in Beijing is in close touch with Indian citizens including students to extend assistance, including on possible travel options out of Hubei Province.

“We are on the job! EAM @DrSJaishankar is closely monitoring the situation. @EOIBeijing  is in close touch with Indian citizens, including university students, in Wuhan & elsewhere in Hubei Province in China,” he added.

Earlier in the day, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that the Indian embassy in Beijing is constantly checking on the health and well being of the Indians in China amid the outbreak of coronavirus.

“Our Embassy in Beijing is constantly checking on the health and well-being of the Indians in China. Please follow @EOIBeijing for more updates on the situation,” Jaishankar had also tweeted.

Since the outbreak of the virus, China, as a precautionary measure, has imposed quarantine and travel restrictions, affecting the movement of 56 million people in more than a dozen cities.