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Chinese Ambassador, “There Is No Need For People To Panic”

Chinese Ambassador,

The Chinese government continues to take the most comprehensive and rigorous prevention and control measures regarding the outbreak of the Coronavirus in that country. 

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Grenada H.E. Dr Zhao Yongchen, addressing the viral outbreak in his country last week Wednesday told a press briefing that all things considered, the epidemic could be contained, controlled and treated and that there is no need for people to panic or overreact. 

As of press time on Wednesday, more than 37,000 people had been infected by the disease in China and more than 1000 had died.

The ambassador said at the breakout, “acting with openness, transparency and a responsible attitude”, China informed relevant sides and shared the genome sequence of the coronavirus in a timely manner. World Health Organization, (WHO) and many countries have recognized and commended this, he added.

Dr Zhao declared that the Chinese Embassy in Grenada has been in close communication with the Grenadian government, informing on the epidemic as well as China’s prevention and control efforts and has reminded overseas Chinese and Chinese companies in Grenada to take effective measures to prevent the epidemic, and quarantine those who return to Grenada during the outbreak. “We have full confidence and capability to win this fight against the epidemic”.

Ambassador Zhao gave the assurance that China has taken effective measures to ensure the living conditions of Grenadian citizens and citizens from other countries in China.

He said Hubei has set up a 24-hour hotline for foreign citizens, students and tour groups in the province to access advice and assistance. In addition, its official website and the WeChat account of Hubei Foreign Office promptly relayed information on the epidemic situation and epidemic prevention knowledge in English and other languages. Many provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities like Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Xinjiang have sent open letters to foreign citizens working and living there, sharing with them information channels and designated treatment centres and offering services in light of local realities.

Additionally, the MFA has set up a special column entitled “Fighting 2019 Coronavirus” on its website, gathering the latest information from the National Health Commission to keep foreign readers updated.

Further, to help equip foreign nationals in China with prevention know-how, the National Immigration Administration translated the Public Prevention of Pneumonia Caused by Novel Coronavirus released by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention into six foreign languages including English. They are all readily available online. Chinese diplomatic missions overseas have also been disseminating multilingual versions of the document.

The ambassador emphasized that the measures China has taken have gone far beyond WHO and IHR recommendations. “We are doing our best to contain the spread of the coronavirus within the shortest time possible. We have the confidence and the ability to win this battle. There is no need for any panic from foreign friends in China and their families. 

Dr Zhao said China would continue to enhance cooperation with the international community in an open, transparent and highly responsible manner to safeguard the life and health of Chinese people and foreign nationals in China.