Fight Novel Coronavirus With a United Will

Consul General Ma Qiang

At the moment, novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) captures both China's and world's attention.

Since the outbreak of the contagion, China has done decisively more than what is required by the International Health Regulations and recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) in a timely manner. The Chinese government takes the safety and physical health of the Chinese people as well as people around the globe at heart.

President Xi Jinping chaired a special meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on the outbreak on the first day of this lunar new year, making comprehensive deployment for the containment and mitigation of the epidemic. Premier Li Keqiang, head of the central leading group on battling the virus, visited Wuhan on 27 January, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, to inspect the response to the virus.

So far, necessary steps have been taken including but not limited to:

All infected patients in China have been placed into isolation for treatment.

Over 6000 medical staff joined the frontline to tackle the virus, plus medical resources being mobilized nationwide to aid Wuhan.

The construction of two new field hospitals to cope with the surge in patients as a result of the coronavirus was to be completed within 15 days. The first of which started full operation on 3 February.

Chinese authorities have extended the Spring Festival public holiday in an effort to avoid cross-contamination.

The WHO Director-General has spoken highly of the resolute measures China has taken to fight the outbreak, adding that China is actually setting a new standard for outbreak response in many ways.

At the same time, China has been actively developing international cooperation on disease prevention and control with a highly responsible attitude. We informed the WHO about the disease and shared related technical information including genome sequence with it at the first possible moment. The WHO and many other countries highly commend and support China's efforts to take measures in disease prevention and control, acknowledging the open cooperation from China. Up to date, it is absolutely possible to prevent, control and treat the coronavirus epidemic. Confirmed cases of the virus reported outside of China only constitute 1% of the total number, demonstrating China's relentless effort to fight the disease and safeguard people's health across the world.

Chinese Consulate General in Edinburgh has been keenly following the development of the epidemic long before two cases confirmed in the UK. My team and I are working around the clock to make sure Chinese nationals and their families in Scotland get the support they need. We maintain close communication with relevant sides and keep updating Chinese nationals across Scotland with the latest advice through Wechat and Consulate website.

Success only comes through hard work. The Chinese people are not afraid of any difficulties and dangers. China has the strong leadership of CPC government and unique institutional strengths, rich experiences in fighting major disasters and advanced epidemic control and treatment measures. Working with the international community, China has confidence and capacity to defeat the outbreak.

With a joint effort and united will, we shall eventually win this battle .

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