China has set aside billions of US Dollars to fight the coronavirus that’s currently spreading in the Asian country and to other nations.
Chinese Ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, said his country has allocated financial resources to the tune of $10 billion as an emergency allocation to stop the deadly virus.
“Chinese scientists are racing against time to develop vaccines against the virus. The detection devices and reagents have been developed in China and applied nationally. An early application of the vaccine is expected to be soon available in China and the rest of the world,” he said.
“First, a national joint prevention and control system and program has been swiftly put in place and has been working very effectively. Second, massive and effective efforts at all levels of Chinese government and society have been made to prevent and control the spread of the epidemic. The national quarantine campaign has been launched,” said the Ambassador during a press briefing in Pretoria on Monday morning.
Songtian insists his country is safe and there’s no need for Pretoria to evacuate its citizens currently living in China.
“China has strong capacity and enough resources to manage a public health emergency effectively and SA citizens in Hubei and Wuhan provinces are safe. [There’s] no reason to evacuate SA citizens from China,” he said.
The Ambassador said China’s production of protective masks has grown rapidly to respond to the rising demand.
“I was informed yesterday [Sunday] that our capacity of the production of the mask has increased to 20 million masks per day. We hope by the end of February our production capacity of masks could reach 180 million protective masks per day”.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that the virus has spread to 23 countries. But China said it’s doing its best to curb the spread of the virus, including suspending public transport.
“In order to stop and cut off the transmission of the speeding source of the virus- Wuhan city with more than 11 million population has suspended the operation of all transportation and public activities starting from January 23rd. Temporary closing departure channel of the airports and train stations,” said Songtian.
There were 21 558 suspected new infections and 361 deaths.