Coronavirus: WHO confident in China’s epidemic prevention

Beijing: Visiting WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday said that the global health body was confident in China’s epidemic prevention and control ability, amid the novel coronavirus outbreak that has claimed the lives of 106 people in the country.

Ghebreyesus made the remarks while meeting Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi here, reports Xinhua news agency.

He said the World Health Organization and the international community lauded the decisive measures the Chinese government has taken.

The WHO does not recommend the evacuation of nationals, and called on the international community to remain calm and not overreact, Ghebreyesus noted.

After the outbreak, China identified the pathogens in record time, shared the genetic sequence of the novel coronavirus with the WHO and other countries, and carried out a series of effective measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, he said.

He said the WHO was willing to provide all the necessary help.

On January 23, an Emergency Committee set up by the WHO over the virus which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, had concluded that the outbreak did not constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). 

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