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Nationwide efforts to fight epidemic shows China’s sense of responsibility to world

(People's Daily Online)    16:35, February 10, 2020

By building makeshift hospitals in a surprisingly short period of time, quickly isolating the virus and sequencing its genome, and mobilizing various provinces to help Hubei province, China’s nationwide efforts in fighting the novel coronavirus epidemic show the country’s capability, strength and confidence in defeating the epidemic and its sense of responsibility to the world.

Since the novel coronavirus outbreak, China has mobilized the whole country to fight the epidemic, made comprehensive deployments, and implemented the strongest and strictest prevention and control measures, many of which have far exceeded the requirements of International Health Regulations.

In addition, the Chinese government has reported the epidemic situation to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the international community in an open, transparent, responsible, and timely manner, and shared data on the novel coronavirus with the world.

China is not fighting the epidemic just for its own people, but for people around the world. 

At recent press conferences on the current pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus, Director-General of the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has repeatedly noted that China’s measures to fight the epidemic and combat the spread of the virus are “impressive” and that he believes China will effectively contain and eventually defeat the epidemic. 

“In many ways, China is actually setting a new standard for outbreak response,” said Ghebreyesus, explaining that “we would have seen many more cases outside China by now, and probably deaths, if it were not for the government's efforts and the progress they have made to protect their own people and the people of the world.”

“WHO continues to have confidence in China’s capacity to control the outbreak,” stressed Ghebreyesus, adding that he was in China a few days ago, and was left in absolutely no doubt about China’s commitment to transparency, and to protecting the world’s people. 

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