Chinese Ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, says the Chinese government has strengthen efforts to fight the spread of coronavirus, now known as Covid-19.
Lin told the South African media this week that new infection rates and the death toll have gone down over the past 10 days. He was briefing journalists at the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria. “The whole of China and Hubei the epicenter of the epidemic has shown a positive trend. The number of confirmed new cases and suspected cases have both declined continuously for more than 10 days. The death toll remains low with a population of more than one billion people in China,” said Lin.
He said the number of people who have fully recovered is on a steady increase and there are no confirmed cases of South Africans that have contracted the virus. Lin added that China is closely monitoring the spread of the virus to other countries. The Chinese government has emphasized that people are not allowed to use public transport as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of the virus. Ambassador Lin said China is committed to fighting the virus despite criticism from Western countries.
“China is fighting very hard against the spread of the coronavirus, but unfortunately some people from the West have made a lot of noise against the China system and the efforts we have made.” Latest figures by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that 75 752 cases have been confirmed globally. 70 635 of these confirmed cases are in China, while the death toll has risen to 2 129.