NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 11 – China has now come out
to help nations affected by coronavirus, after managing the crisis at home.
On Wednesday, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang announced that the country has offered to help Iran, Iraq and Italy deal with the epidemic that has killed over 4,000 and infected more than 100,000 others in various countries.
A team of five Chinese medical experts has been
dispatched to Italy, along with a member of the Red Cross Society of China and
a specialist from China CDC.
“Thanks to the Chinese people’s united and
arduous efforts, the situation in China is getting better, with prevention and
control efforts resulting in important progress at this stage,” Geng said, in a
regular press briefing in Beijing on Wednesday.
He said, China which deployed massive resources to battle the epidemic at home, had stepped up communication and cooperation, and urged other countries to do the same on measures taken to eradicate the epidemic.
“It is all the more important and urgent for
all countries to step up communication, cooperation in jointly fighting the
epidemic and safeguarding regional and international public health security.
While combating COVID-19 at home, China is ready to contribute to the global
response,” he said.
By Wednesday afternoon, coronavirus had killed 631 people in Italy, prompting a lockdown of major cities and closure of schools and a ban to all public gatherings.
The Italian government has vowed to spend up to 25 billion euros ($28.3 billion) to fight the epidemic that is threatening the country’s economy.
Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri said
“half of these resources” would be used immediately and the other
half stowed away and tapped should the health crisis spiral out of control.
The epidemic has spread far and wide, with
hundreds of cases already confirmed in the US, Belgium, UK among others.
31 deaths were reported in the US by Wednesday,
with more than 1000 cases confirmed, while in the UK
In the UK, the sixth person died Wednesday, with a total of 382
cases confirmed, including Health Minister and Conservative MP Nadine Dorries. Labour MP Rachael Maskell said she has
since been told to do the same as she had met Ms Dorries.
China has said it is sharing experience and
exchanging information with other countries on how it managed suppress the epidemic
from spreading further.
The Foreign Office said Wednesday the Chinese
Government has so far published seven guidelines on COVID-19 diagnosis and
treatment and six guidelines on prevention and control, all of which have been
translated into multiple foreign languages.
“We would like to share these Chinese solutions
with the world and hold exchanges over them,” Geng said, “We’ve discussed our
work against the epidemic in video conferences with the European Union, ASEAN,
African Union, Caribbean Community, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, South
Pacific island countries, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Georgia and
others. We will continue exchanges and mutual learning with other countries and
international organizations to jointly enhance regional and global capacity in
safeguarding public health security.”