Ambassador of China: Tendencies increase confidence that coronavirus epidemic will be contained

The number of new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in China’s regions, except for Hubei province where the virus appeared, has decreased for the 15th consecutive day. The treatment rate continues to rise, while the death rate is on the wane. These tendencies increase confidence that the coronavirus epidemic will be contained, Ambassador of China in Chisinau Zhang Yinghong stated in a press briefing, being quoted by IPN.

According to the ambassador, 57,805 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed by February 19. The suspected cases came to 5,284, while the death toll rose to 2,004. Since the outbreak of the epidemic, 25 countries confirmed 683 cases of infection, which is less than 1% of all the confirmed cases.

The diplomat noted that the epidemic situation in his country is continuously monitored; the patients are treated in a centralized way and all the persons who came in touch with infected patients are under medical supervision at home so as to prevent the spread of the virus. Given the serious situation in Wuhan city, the public transport has been suspended there since January 23 and the borders of the city were temporarily closed so as to control the source of infection. More than 30,000 medical teams were deployed to Hubei province to provide assistance in the key epidemic zone, primarily in Wuhan.

Zhang Yinghong said that China during ten days managed to build two hospitals in Wuhan for treating critical patients and ten mobile hospitals were outfitted with beds for treating patients with a lighter form of disease. China fully suspended group tourism and improved customs quarantine. It monitored the temperature of passengers, stepped up disinfection and health and epidemic prevention inspections.

The ambassador said that his country has considerable social mobilization capacities, while the institutional system enables to concentrate the forces on carrying out major tasks. China has experience in dealing with public health events and has a solid scientific, technological and material basis accumulated during 70 years of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

According to the diplomat, the Government of China is also preoccupied with the health of foreign citizens, including Moldovans. All the foreigners in China benefit from assistance and protection in accordance with international practices. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in contact with all the embassies and swiftly transmitted useful information about the measures that should be taken to control and prevent the spread of infection.

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