American experts could be allowed into China to help combat coronavirus

  • American experts could be allowed into China to help combat coronavirus

American experts could be allowed into China to help combat coronavirus

Director-General of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a news conference in Geneva January 29, 2020.

Specialized laboratories in Africa, the United States, Europe, and Asia will get the kits to facilitate faster testing for the virus.

Officials say 425 people have died in China and one in Hong Kong.

The German delegate appreciated for China having acted quickly against the epidemic, being open and transparent, sharing information in a timely manner and working closely with the WHO.

Asked why there have only between one death recorded overseas so far, in the Philippines, among some 153 cases, she said people travelling were probably not old with chronic disease, but younger people and people in good health. Two to three percent of patients suffer from diarrhea. A number of deaths have been reported in China.

So far, more than 17,000 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in China, with the majority of the infections being reported in Hubei Province - the center of the outbreak.

Volunteers in protective suits disinfect a railway station as the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus, in Changsha, Hunan province, China February 4, 2020.

China’s death toll from the coronavirus has now surpassed that of the SARS crisis nearly two decades ago
China’s death toll from the coronavirus has now surpassed that of the SARS crisis nearly two decades ago

World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic, in response to a Reuters query on Monday, said: "A multidisciplinary mission of worldwide experts to China will take place, possibly this week".

Tedros also reiterated his call for countries not to impose travel and trade restrictions because of the virus.

"We believe overreaction by adopting restriction, isolation, and blocking measures are not beneficial to global collaboration and such measures may lead to more complicated outcome and interference in prevention control efforts", China's representative added.

The report had stoked fears that the outbreak could be much harder to control if people could spread the virus before they appeared sick. "Currently we are not in a pandemic; we are at the phase where it's an epidemic with multiple sites and we will try to establish the condition in each of these sites".

Her indignation is regrettable, considering the curbs put on domestic and outbound travel to contain the transmission of the virus across the country and the world by her own government.

If Beijing does not learn to step up to the plate and inspire trust and confidence on such life and death issues, it can rest assured that the world will be even more cautious the next time an epidemic breaks out in China.