China's successful COVID-19 experience worth learning: WHO official
Updated 19:45, 07-Apr-2020

Dr Gauden Galea, representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in China, said international and regional organizations can learn from China's successful experience in fighting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He stressed that cooperation and solidarity are of vital importance. 

Dr Galea made the remarks at a press briefing on Tuesday, noting China's successes include providing a supply of medical resources and necessary protective equipment for Hubei Province and its capital city Wuhan and sending medical teams to Wuhan. 

Wuhan, with a population of more the 10 million, was the epicenter of the outbreak in China. The city is set to end its 76-day lockdown at midnight on Wednesday. 

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"The example of China is quite compelling, in the way that different provinces and cities trying to provide their healthcare services – both equipment and healthcare workers – to the regions in need," Galea said. "We need this spirit of solidarity." 

Galea, who is also director of the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course of the European Regional Office of the WHO, called for international cooperation to support countries lacking health resources. 

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have exceeded 1.35 million globally, with the death toll surpassing 75,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.