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Coronavirus: Senior China diplomat Wang Yi concedes challenge of virus, slams 'overreaction'

Coronavirus: Senior China diplomat Wang Yi concedes challenge of virus, slams 'overreaction'

14.2.2020

Coronavirus : Senior China diplomat Wang Yi concedes challenge of virus, slams 'overreaction'

BERLIN (REUTERS) - A top Chinese official acknowledged on Friday (Feb 14) that coronavirus is a deep challenge to the country, but defended Beijing's management of the epidemic while lashing out at the 'overreaction' of other countries.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

BERLIN (REUTERS) - A top Chinese official acknowledged on Friday (Feb 14) that coronavirus is a deep challenge to the country, but defended Beijing's management of the epidemic while lashing out at the"overreaction" of other countries. In a wide-ranging interview with Reuters, State Councillor Wang Yi, who also serves as China's foreign minister, urged the United States not to take unnecessary virus-response measures that could hamper trade, travel and tourism. The Chinese mainland has reported more than 63,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, with over 1,300 fatalities. The United States and other nations have taken drastic measures to curb the virus' spread since January. Some countries have halted entry to foreign nationals. Commercial flights have been curtailed, and many nations have sent charter flights to repatriate citizens from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak. The United States also warned Americans not to travel to China, angering Beijing just as it started to mend tattered trade ties with Washington. Wang said China has taken the most rigorous and decisive measures to fight against the epidemic, with many measures going beyond international health regulations and World Health Organisation recommendations. "Through our efforts, the epidemic is overall under control,"he said. US President Donald Trump has praised Chinese President Xi Jinping's leadership in China's battle to contain the virus, and his administration has said it stands ready to spend up to US$100 million (S$140 million) to assist China and other countries impacted by coronavirus. "We've taken such complete prevention and control efforts, efforts that are so comprehensive, that I can't see any other country that can do this," Wang said, adding that any leader in another country would find the challenge very difficult. "But China has been able to do this." Under a Phase 1 trade deal with Washington, Beijing agreed to boost purchases of US goods and services by at least US$200 billion over the next two years. "Now one potential problem is, given the United States'comprehensive ban on people's coming and going between China and the US Now objectively, this will bring some difficulties to implementing this agreement," Wang said. "I hope that the US will consider this problem, and how to continue to prevent the spread of this epidemic, while not taking unnecessary limitations on trade and people." Wang said he did not understand why the United States was using its power and trying to get its allies to attack a private company like China's Huawei, the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker. He said there was no credible evidence that Huawei has a so-called back door that harms US security. The United States has been waging a campaign against Huawei, which it has warned could spy on customers for Beijing. Washington placed the company on a trade blacklist last year, citing national security concerns. Related Stories: Read more: The Straits Times

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Coronavirus: WHO says joint China mission to start virus investigations this weekendGENEVA (REUTERS) - A World Health Organisation-led joint mission with China will start its outbreak investigation work this weekend and will focus on how the new coronavirus is spreading and the severity of the disease, the WHO's director said on Friday (Feb 14).. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong pledges $840 million as city fights to contain spread of virusHONG KONG (REUTERS) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam pledged HK$4.7 billion (S$840 million) on Friday (Feb 14) to the city's Hospital Authority as it grapples to contain the spread of coronavirus.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Coronavirus: Japan confirms first death, but unclear if virus is direct cause of deathTOKYO (AFP) - A woman in her 80s has become the first person with the coronavirus to die in Japan, the country's health minister said on Thursday (Feb 13), cautioning that it was not clear if the virus caused her death.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

In coronavirus, US$45 billion cruise industry faces a big challengeNEW YORK (NYTIMES) - For the cruise industry, the coronavirus is a public relations nightmare.. Read more at straitstimes.com. Keubiko Being a giant petri dish in the midst of a global pandemic is definitely problematic. All the actions taken by the cruise lines would not reduce or eliminate the risk of distribution of such sicknesses. The problem lies in the often poorly maintained centralized aircon systems with insufficiently maintained filters, if properly installed in the first place Keubiko When boomers die they won’t have any customers regardless of what happens with corona

US health authority shipped faulty Covid-19 test kits across countryWASHINGTON — A number of test kits sent out by US health authorities to labs across the country to diagnose the deadly novel coronavirus are faulty, a senior official said Wednesday (Feb 13).



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