Premier Li holds phone talks with German chancellor on coronavirus outbreak
Updated 08:04, 10-Feb-2020
Medical workers in Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, January 24, 2020. /Xinhua Photo

Medical workers in Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, January 24, 2020. /Xinhua Photo

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang discussed the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus outbreak with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday.

The Chinese government is carrying out disease prevention and control in a scientific and orderly manner in accordance with the law, making every effort to treat patients and ensuring the supply of materials and daily necessities, said Premier Li.

The Chinese government has always given top priority to the safety and health of the people, Li stressed.

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"The measures we have taken have gone far beyond the requirements of the International Health Regulations and the recommendations of the World Health Organization. The vast number of Chinese medical staff fighting in the frontline of the battle against the epidemic have shown dedication, professional ethics and great sense of responsibility," Li said. 

"We will spare no effort in protecting their physical and mental health. The Chinese government and people are confident and capable of winning the fight against the epidemic." 

He hoped that the international community, including Germany, can stay rational, support China's efforts in containing the epidemic, maintain normal bilateral exchanges, and strengthen international cooperation on public health security. 

Li also hoped the German side could provide China with necessary convenience so that the Chinese side can purchase medical supplies from Germany through commercial channels. 

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For her part, Merkel said that Germany is paying close attention to the development of the epidemic, and that the decisive measures taken by the Chinese government have been strongly supported by the Chinese people. 

Noting that Germany has taken a prudent stance towards coping with the epidemic, and promoted coordination within the European Union, Merkel said the German side has never taken any excessive restrictive measures. 

She expressed thanks to the Chinese side for its support and help of the German citizens in China, adding that Germany is willing to strengthen cooperation with China in preventing and controlling the epidemic, continue to provide China with medical aid, and do all it can to help China win the fight against the epidemic. 

She also extended her respect and blessing to the Chinese medical staff.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency