Nepali students in Wuhan are safe from Coronavirus: Chinese Embassy

By HT Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, Feb.1: The Chinese Embassy in Nepal has assured that Nepali citizens, including some students residing in Wuhan, would receive medical care amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

Issuing a press release today, the embassy said that China would take proactive measures to protect the legitimate rights and interests of Nepais in China.

Until January 31, the Coronavirus outbreak has taken lives of 259 people in China. 11,791 people have been infected by the virus while 243 people have been cured, it said.

The embassy further lined that the Chinese tourists to Nepal would decline due to the epidemic.

After the epidemic is under control, we will continue to encourage more Chinese tourists to visit Nepal and contribute to the 2020 Visit Nepal Year, the release said.

Here is the full text of press statement of embassy:

Since the outbreak of the new coronavirus-related pneumonia, there were 11791 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus, 17988 cases suspected of being infected, 259 cases of death and 243 cases of being cured in China as of 24:00 on January 31st. There were 106 confirmed cases overseas without death report.

The Chinese government has given earnest consideration to prevention and control work. First, we investigated the origin of the infections and offered technical guidance. Second, we gave guidance to Wuhan on implementing preventive and control measures. Third, we strengthened prevention and control work across the country. Fourth, we spared no efforts in the treatment of patients. Fifth, we accelerated scientific research on the new coronavirus. Sixth, we worked on information disclosure.

Also, we deepened exchanges and cooperation. We have informed the World Health Organization (WHO) of the situation of the outbreak and continue to share technical information in a timely manner. We have shared with the WHO the whole genetic sequencing of some strains. The WHO experts were invited to visit Wuhan, and we organized experts from Chinese Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan to make field trips to Wuhan.

According to the statement on the second meeting of the International Health Regulations(2005) Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus(2019-nCoV), the novel coronavirus outbreak has become a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The Director-General of WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed that the WHO disfavors or even opposes imposing travel or trade restrictions on China. Ghebreyesus noted that “The speed with which China detected the outbreak, isolated the virus, sequenced the genome and shared it with WHO and the world are very impressive, and beyond words. So is China’s commitment to transparency and to supporting other countries. In many ways, China is actually setting a new standard for outbreak response. That reflects not only China’s high sense of responsibility for the lives and health of its own people, but also its strong support for global disease prevention and control.”

The epidemic is preventable, controllable and manageable. We have determined, confident and capable of winning this epidemic prevention and control fight. The Chinese government will perform its international obligations in a highly responsible manner, make every effort to ensure the health of foreign citizens in China, and address the legitimate concerns of all parties. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China has set up emergency response mechanism to coordinate and handle foreign affairs related to epidemic prevention. It is understood that some Nepali citizens, including students, are still in Wuhan and their lives and medical care are guaranteed. Please rest assured that China will continue to take proactive measures to protect their legitimate rights and interests. We appreciate the Nepali side had take measures and have full cooperation with WHO office in Nepal for preventing the epidemic. If any need, the Nepali side can communicate with the Chinese Embassy in Nepal or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in a timely manner.

Due to the recent situation, the number of Chinese tourists to Nepal will be affected. After the epidemic is under control, we will continue to encourage more Chinese tourists to visit Nepal and contribute to the 2020 Visit Nepal Year.

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