WHO chief confident in China's epidemic prevention and control ability
Updated 18:47, 28-Jan-2020

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is confident in China's handling of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The director-general said on Monday WHO is fully confident in China's ability to prevent and control the disease. 

The WHO chief made the remarks when meeting with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing. 

He said the WHO does not recommend the evacuation of nationals, and called on the international community to remain calm and not overreact. The WHO is confident in China's epidemic prevention and control ability.

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For his part, Wang Yi said the WHO chief's visit to China at this time not only reflects the organization's support for China, but also provides impetus for China to strengthen cooperation with the health organization.

"I believe that through this visit you can personally feel the firm determination and will of the Chinese government and people to fight the epidemic," said Wang.

China had the experience of dealing with the SARS epidemic, Wang said, adding that this time, China is more resolute in the fight against the epidemic, has stronger measures and takes faster action.

"We are fully capable, confident and resourced to overcome this epidemic at an early date," he stressed.

Wang said that China is also willing to continue to strengthen cooperation with the international community, especially the WHO, in an open and transparent manner, and make contributions to international public health.

The WHO late Sunday reevaluated the novel coronavirus outbreak as "very high in China, high at the regional level and high at the global level." The WHO explained that it had stated "incorrectly" in its previous reports on Thursday, Friday and Saturday that the global risk was "moderate." But it does not necessarily mean an international health emergency should be declared.

(With input from Xinhua)