Newsletter/2020-01 Feb. 5, 2020
China's Battle Against 2019-nCov
China has taken the most comprehensive and rigorous measures in prevention and control of the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) . The whole country has been mobilized and the people are united. We have full confidence and capability to win the battle against the virus.
We wish to share with you these facts and answers.
Facts & Updates
As of Feb 4 (Beijing Time), the number of confirmed cases of 2019-nCov rose to 24,324 in Chinese mainland, including 490 deaths. A total of 892 patients have been discharged from hospital after recovery. The number of new suspected cases dropped for the second consecutive day on Feb 4.
Coronavirus Battle in China: Process and Prospect
  • Why has the Chinese government taken such measures as quarantine of Wuhan?
  • Can the Chinese government manage to contain the epidemic?
  • What effect is the epidemic likely to have on China’s economy?
  • How can the international community work together to tackle the international public health emergency?
Here is an abstact of a report to answer these questions, completed by a task force specializing in global governance issues at Shanghai Institutes for International Studies. Download full report.
  • Strong measures as quarantine of key areas are still the most effective means to contain the epidemic. Otherwise, the whole nation and even the world would be subject to greater public health risks.
  • Public morale has been boosted across the nation in fighting against the epidemic. The nationwide emergency-management system is beginning to take full effect.
  • The epidemic will have much negative impact on China’s economy, specially in the short run, as well as on world economy. However, in the mid- and long term, China’s economy will manifest strong surprising resilience.
  • International community should make joint efforts to optimize the epidemic information disclosure mechanisms, strengthen international exchange of experience in epidemic control & oppose discrimination against epidemic-struck regions and people
Voices from Experts and Officials
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
"This is the time for facts, not fear. This is the time for science, not rumors. This is the time for solidarity, not stigma."

International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee
"...the declaration of a PHEIC should be seen in the spirit of support and appreciation for China, its people, and the actions China has taken on the frontlines of this outbreak, with transparency, and, it is to be hoped, with success."

" The Committee does not recommend any travel or trade restriction based on the current information available. "

The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
"For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV is considered low at this time."

Zhang Ping, Chinese Consul General in LA
"While efforts are being made to contain the spread of 2019-nCov , it is important that we remain calm and rational, not overreact. Misinformation and rumors cause panic. Xenophobia and racism are more dangerous."
Video Clip: Wuhan, don't panic, we're waiting for you
The 2019-nCov outbreak was first reported in the city of Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province in December, 2019. To contain the outbreak, the city has suspended its entire public transport system to minimize human-to-human transmission of the highly infectious virus. But, Wuhan stays strong!
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