Beijing criticised the decision of the US to introduce ban on Chinese travellers.
The United States has taken actions that create and spread fear following a coronavirus outbreak in China, instead of offering any significant assistance, the Chinese government accused on Monday.
The United States was the first nation to suggest partial withdrawal of its embassy staff, and the first to impose a ban on Chinese travellers, said, the Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.
“All it has done could only create and spread fear, which is a bad example,” Hua told an online news briefing, adding that China hoped countries would make judgements and responses that were reasonable, calm and based on science.
China attacked not only the United States. Last week, Communist China's embassy official in Denmark demanded apology from the Jyllands-Posten for the satirical cartoon depicting Chinese flag with coronavirus. The Editors refused the Chinese dictate.
Satirical cartoon, for which Communist China's official demanded apology from
the Danish journalist. (Copyright: Jyllands-Posten)
Danish PM Mette Frediksen cited freedom of speech in Danish society as she reacted to the demands of the Communist China's Embassy in Denmark.
I just want to say from Denmark and the Danish government's side, all we have to say is that we have freedom of expression in Denmark -- also to draw,” Frederiksen stated.
There was no further need to explain Denmark’s position to China, she concluded.
Until Feb 2, 2020, 361 people died in China, more than during the SARS epidemic, which killed 349 Chinese.
Two more Vietnamese people felt ill on the new type of pneumonia caused by the coronavirus. One Chinese woman from Wuhan city died in the Philippines.
Indonesia joined the group of countries, including Israel, Singapore, Australia, USA, and Iran, which closed the air connections with China. The government also introduced a ban on Chinese and any person who visited China in the last two weeks.
The most drastic measures announced Russia, which shares more than 1,200 km border with China. Russian PM Mikhail Mishustin announced that the authorities would deport every foreigner who falls ill due to the coronavirus. On Monday Mr Mishustin signed the document which, he claimed, allow for such drastic measures. “This will allow for isolation and quarantine of the sick people” he stated.
On Monday night, Feb 3, 2020, 151 people were sick in other countries than China due to the coronavirus.
Around the world, nearly a ten thousand people are now ill, and more than two hundred patients - most of them with previous illnesses - have died of pneumonia as a result of the virus. The first cases of the infection outside of China became known in Vietnam, Thailand, Japan and South Korea. In the last few days many other countries confirmed the cases of coronavirus including New Zealand, Australia, Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, USA, Canada, Germany, France, and Italy. The sick patients are travellers who had previously been to Wuhan or neighbouring Chinese provinces. On January 21, US authorities reported the first infection to a tourist returning from Wuhan, and on January 24, the first cases in France became known. Typical signs of infection are fever, cough and difficulty breathing but the virus activate itself suddenly often without any previous symptoms. A person loses conscience and collapses. The virus can cause a pneumonia, which can be fatal. Since it is a viral disease, the antibiotics do not help. Chinese military should have revealed an antidote but taking under account that Communist China is in the state of permanent war with the West - it will never happen.
At the end of 2019, approximately November, the Chinese authorities reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) an accumulation of pneumonia of unknown cause in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. A week later, Chinese researchers identified a new virus as the cause of the disease. It belongs to the group of corona viruses. A few days later, a group around the virologist Christian Drosten from the Berlin Charité published the first diagnostic test for the new virus, which researchers tentatively call 2019-nCoV. The virus can thus be detected in the laboratory. The Chinese authorities suspect that the source of the pathogen is a food market in Wuhan, in which exotic animals such as snakes were sold in addition to fish and seafood. The market was closed and disinfected. Some Western intelligence analysts doubted whether this explanation is complete. According to them, the virus was leaked from the People's Liberation Army biological weapon laboratories in Wuhan in early November.
SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome) respiratory diseases are caused by coronaviruses that originate in animals. During the SARS pandemic, around 8,000 people became infected in 2002 and 2003, and more than 750 died. Since its discovery, 2,400 people have been infected with the MERS virus, and one in three has died of it. In total there are several hundred types of corona viruses. For example, many of them affect the respiratory tract and can cause colds.
It is now clear that the virus can be transmitted from person to person. Communist China's authorities have confirmed several such transmissions after a dozen medical personnel cases have been reported. Doctors assume that the virus is transmitted primarily via droplet infection. As announced on January 24, the World Health Organisation currently expects an infected person to infect 1.4 to 2.5 other people on average. If these numbers prove to be true, the virus is less contagious than SARS and also the virus flu. The WHO recommends that general hygiene rules be observed: one should wash one's hands frequently and avoid close contact with people with respiratory diseases and wild animals. One needs to avoid Chinese food products produced before October 2019, especially the noodles, the duck meat, fish, seafood and pork, which are known carriers of the coronaviruses. But some medical professionals are warning against the purchase of any product made in China for an indefinite time. Some are advising against the ordering any products from Thailand and Vietnam where the political system is non-transparent and the regime would hide the truth like the Chinese Communist Party.