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Foreign Ministry Responds to Findings that China's Control Measures Have Broken the Chain of Transmission

2020/04/02

According to a recent report published by Science, the steps China has taken to curb the spread of the virus have successfully broken the chain of transmission. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying responded during the daily press conference on 1 April that findings of the report are consistent with WHO’s assessment and reflect the shared views of leaders and experts of many countries.

Q: Science magazine has published a joint research by the US, the UK and China. According to the report, had it not been for the Wuhan travel ban and the nationwide emergency response adopted by the Chinese government, there would have been more than 700,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases outside Wuhan by February 19. The report concludes that China’s response to the outbreak has proved successful in breaking the chain of transmission and preventing contacts between sources of infection and susceptible people, thus buying precious time for other cities. How would China comment on this?

A: By promptly taking the most comprehensive, thorough and rigorous containment measures, the Chinese government has achieved major results in its outbreak response and bought precious time for the rest of the world. China will work closely with other countries and share its experience and practices in the hope that countries could work together for an early victory against the disease and safeguard regional and global public health security to the best of our ability.

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