Chinese Embassy on Coronavirus outbreak – “We will win the battle”

Charge D’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Dominica Mr. Luo Songtao has told the Dominican public that “there is no need to panic” due to reported cases of the much-talked-about Novel Coronavirus – “We will win the battle”.

He was speaking at a press conference held at the Chinese Embassy in Morne Daniel on Tuesday, on China’s efforts to combat the deadly virus.

He said millions of people around the world are concerned about the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus, however, there have been no reported cases in the Caribbean at this time.

According to information from the National Health Commission as of yesterday, China has reported 20,438 confirmed cases, 23,214 suspected cases, 2,788 severe cases, and 425 fatalities. Also 632 cases of patients have been cured and discharged from the hospital.

“There is no need to panic,” Songtao said. “We are confident that we will win the battle. We have taken extraordinary measures… we have full determination, confidence and capability to win this fight against the epidemic.”

“The situation remains challenging with more than 20,000 confirmed cases.”  he continued.

He then highlighted “China’s institutional advantages and previous useful experience, and with the strong scientific, technological and material foundation accumulated over the past 70 years.”

Songtao said the measures taken by China are showing positive effects.

He said the problem is expected to be “curbed” in the next few weeks.

Songtao said further that the prevention and control of the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus is the most important and urgent task for the Chinese Government since lives and health security are always put first.

He went on to say that under the direct leadership of President Xi Jinping, China has put in place a nationwide mechanism and taken the most comprehensive and rigorous measures to contain and mitigate the outbreak, “many of them go well beyond the requirements of the International Health Regulations.”

“At the same time, China has been conducting international cooperation in an open, transparent and responsible manner. We have released information to the [World Health Organization (WHO) and relevant countries at the earliest time, identified the pathogen and shared genetic sequence of the virus in a record-short time,” he explained.

Songtao added, “Attaching great importance to the safety of foreign nationals including Dominicans in China, we keep foreign embassies and consulates informed through various channels and work hard to address their difficulties. China’s responsible action and contribution to global public health security have won full recognition of WHO and countries around the world.”

“All of China is in action, sparing no effort to save lives and curb the spread of [the] virus. By doing so, China is not only protecting the health of its people but also that of people around the world,” he stated.

Currently, two new hospitals have been built in China and put into use with 1000 beds and 1500 beds respectively.

China has extended the Spring Festive holiday and postponed the start of schools and businesses. Moreover, the Chinese government has decided to send chartered flights to bring back overseas Chinese citizens of Hubei Province directly to Wuhan.

With strict measures controlling the movement of people, the momentum of the spread of the virus is being curbed inside and outside China. Songtao believes, that all of these encouraging developments show that the epidemic is preventable, controllable and curable.

Meantime, Songtao advises (Chinese) people that if it’s not urgent, refrain from traveling to and from China and Dominica.

He made it clear that there is no travel-ban placed on traveling from China to Dominica or from Dominica to China (thus far).

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  1. dissident
    February 7, 2020

    Just because this medical pandemic is rooted in China I take all info with a grain of salt. Dem people always hiding information.
    It is curious that the disclosure was made just days after China and US finalized their trade deal. This thing hit China before Christmas 2019.

    De Chinese people know their government withhold information…..why should I believe everything you say?
    If you say 500 died I would think that the real figure would be at least twice…..or 1000

    I don’t trust you people.
    Having the second largest economy makes no difference to me.

  2. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    February 5, 2020

    Luo, you need to shut up, and stop giving people false hope.

    You all have this damn diseases in China darting back to 2019; in 2020 “to date more than six hundred people are dead; in China as a result of the disease.

    Why are you telling Dominicans not to worry, when there is no known treatment or cure for the virus? What fight or battle can you win until a treatment, or cure is found?

    Boy, this is a small world; you can disseminate such bunk and rotten decaying baloney talk to Chines in China, you lying hypocrite!
    Read the following!

    “Aug 06, 2019. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in thousands of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City.”

    How come your medical scientists have not yet found a cure or treatment?

  3. Nadia
    February 5, 2020

    A Chinese National, seated comfortably in front of a microphone in Nature Aisle comfort, addressing native Dominicans in their Homeland in comparison to Dominican-born students compelled to stay in China worried and afraid in the shadows of a deadly virus; Dominicans claim the students are well-suited to receive better care in China as the nation is ill-equipped to care for their own on Island. The world’s largest exporter and second largest economy who has just built one of two hospitals under 2 weeks with medical/military staff, having designed an advanced Orwellian surveillance system to monitor its almost 1.5 billion population, seated as Dominica’s main political sidekick for years, has just told Dominicans on Dominican soil, “we will win the battle” while unprotected borders and neglectfully underfunded healthcare sectors await Human/Virus interaction. Read the article again and again to see your position, the students’ position, and the position of the Chinese embassy.

  4. February 5, 2020

    We will win the battle…Not by the grace of JAHOVAH GOD…since I guess they don’t believe in GOD…but by and on their own merits..
    But there’s a GOD above you all and yes…HE is longggg suffering and full of patience but when HE is ready to teach the lesson you sure bet it’s coming down and coming down hard…
    Win the battle…

  5. February 4, 2020

    Mr. Luo Songtao, Sir, I don’t know and I don’t care what is your relationship with God, but “we will win the battle” can only happen by His Will.

    For the sake of His chosen people around the World, He can win both the “battle” and the “war”. Except that, that “Will” and “Power” for victory can only be instilled through His servants on Earth.

    If you are one of those servants, you will need to demonstrate a lot of “humility” and “trust” in His authority. Otherwise, you are on your own; and mankind on his own never gets the victory. Please don’t let it be so, for the sake of my people of Dominica and yours in China.

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