- Chinese ambassador Lin Songtian says that South Africa is well"equipped to deal with the coronavirus outbreak
- This comes after Microsoft founder Bill Gates raised concerns over Africa's ability to manage a possible outbreak
- Despite massive challenges facing the South African health care system, Songtian endorse the nation's readiness
Chinese ambassador Lin Songtian has addressed the concerns over South Africa's ability to deal with the coronavirus:
"South Africa is well-prepared, capable and there is no need to panic about the country dealing with the epidemic."
Songtian says China is confident of the nation's capability, rapid response system, personnel and equipment in the event of a local outbreak, reports The Citizen.
Speaking during a media briefing on the impact of the coronavirus, Songtian highlighted the importance of quarantining those infected:
“It can be fully controlled and treated through early detection, isolation, testing and treatment. South Africa is well prepared, capable and there is no need to panic about the country dealing with the epidemic. Working with the departments of health and international relations, we have come up with joint prevention measures to avert the spread to South Africa or the continent.”
When it comes to his embassy staff, Songtian revealed that stringent measures had been put in place. His staff is required to get permission from him before entering the country after being kept at home for a week in order to obtain medical clearance.
Songtian indicated his relief that no South Africans have perished due to the virus, which has resulted in the death of two foreigners in China:
“We are dealing with a virus which is an infectious disease, which knows no borders. The spread is sometimes blown out of proportion."
In light of criticism levied against the Chinese government, Songtian said the country had been applauded for its efforts:
“Quarantine refers to control measures the country has introduced to fight the epidemic. China has been commended by the World Health Organisation for setting new global standards in dealing with the epidemic by moving with speed to detect and deal with the virus.”
Briefly.co.za reported that Microsoft founder Bill Gates had raised concerns over the potential havoc the virus could bring to the African continent after the first case was confirmed in Egypt.
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