Maria Montero

The passes must behave responsibly, says China after WHO declared the coronavirus a "global emergency" # 039;

As the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the coronavirus outbreak was a global health emergency, China said that all countries should behave in a "responsible" manner and avoid an exaggerated reaction that could cause more side effects. negative

China informed WHO about the cases of coronavirus at the end of December. The death toll in China's new coronavirus outbreak on Friday rose to 213 with a total number of confirmed cases of 9,692.

WHO said there were 98 cases in 18 other countries, but there were no deaths. Most international cases refer to people who had been in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic.

    Passes must behave responsibly, says China after WHO declared the coronavirus a global emergency

The main reason for this statement is not due to what is happening in China, but to protect countries with weaker health systems that are not prepared to cope with the possible spread. Image credit: Getty Images

"We are still at a very critical stage in the fight against the coronavirus. International solidarity is extremely important and for that purpose all countries must behave in an appropriate and responsible manner," China's ambassador to the UN, Zhang Jun, said Thursday. .

Speaking to reporters here, Jun said that while Beijing understands other countries' concerns about the outbreak, "we must also listen to the advice" of the WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who said he "has full confidence in the efforts from China". "To combat the outbreak.

Jun said "there is no reason for measures that unnecessarily interfere with travel and international trade" and WHO does not recommend limiting trade and movement.

The Chinese envoy added that, under the current circumstances, the world needs solidarity to fight the outbreak. He stressed that all countries must adopt a responsible attitude, work together to fight the virus and avoid "overreaction that can cause indirect negative effects."

He also added that "we are still doing our evaluation" of the WHO statement.

The WHO Emergency Committee, declaring the outbreak of coronavirus as a global health emergency, called on all countries to take urgent measures to contain respiratory disease.

"The main reason for this statement is not what is happening in China, but what is happening in other countries," said the head of the WHO, praising the "extraordinary measures" taken there by the authorities.

"China quickly identified the virus and shared its sequence, so that other countries can quickly diagnose and protect it, which has resulted in rapid diagnostic tools," said the Committee statement.

According to a press release issued by the China Mission to the UN, Jun reiterated that the WHO DG clearly stated that the main reason for this statement is not due to what is happening in China, but to protect countries with health systems that are weaker and ill. -prepared to deal with the possible spread.

He said that WHO remains confident in China's ability to control the outbreak and that the recommendations of the Director General should be seriously considered.