The Chinese government has decided to send charter flights abroad to bring home Chinese nationals who traveled from Hubei province, specially Wuhan, where there is an outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said on January 31.
Hua said that this in connection with the difficulties that Chinese nationals from Wuhan, Hubei are experiencing overseas.
In an earlier statement, Hua said “since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus epidemic, the Chinese government has been taking the most comprehensive and rigorous prevention and control measures with a high sense of responsibility for people’s health.”
“Many of these measures go well beyond the requirements of the International Health Regulations. We have full confidence and capability to win this fight against the epidemic,” she added.
She also noted that “acting with openness, transparency and a responsible attitude, the Chinese side informed relevant sides and shared the genome sequence of the coronavirus in a timely manner. WHO and many countries have recognized and commended this.”
“China has been in close communication and cooperation with WHO. WHO experts recently conducted a field trip to Wuhan. Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also visited China and discussed containment and mitigation of the 2019-nCoV with the Chinese side. He commends China’s efforts and speaks highly of China’s great contribution to the world by fighting against the novel coronavirus. China will continue working with WHO and other countries to safeguard regional and global public health security,” she said.