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China corona virus report card

Publishing Date : 18 February, 2020

Author : KEAMOGETSE MOTONE

After the outbreak of corona virus (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China, efforts to manage and control the virus have been hard albeit successful.

 

Since the February report from the Chinese Embassy in Botswana, Ambassador Zhao Yanbo confirms a decline in daily new cases of the virus.

 

China has put stern measures in place to ensure treatment and care is given to the victims, according to Yanbo.

 

In a press conference held today at the Chinese Embassy, Yanbo noted that on the 17th of February, there were 1,886 new cases of infections confirmed; 1,432 new cases of suspected infections; 1,097 new serious cases and 98 deaths were reported, and 1,701 patients were released from hospitals after being cured.

 

As of 17th Feb, they had received 72,436 reports of confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland, among which there were 1,868 deaths and 12,552 cured and discharged from hospital.

 

There still remained 58,016 confirmed cases and 6,242 suspected cases.

 

 So far, 92 confirmed infections had been reported in the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions and Taiwan province.

 

With China making all-out efforts to prevent the virus from spreading and treating patients, their efforts bore fruit as they have seen someprogress since the beginning of this month.

 

Since February 1st, the number of cured cases began to outnumber deaths, and by the end of 17th February, a total of 12,552 patients were cured and discharged, that’s over six times as many as those who died of the virus (1,868).

 

The number of daily new confirmed cases has also been declining since the 3rd of this month.

 

To date, confirmed cases outside China account for less than one percent of the world's total.

 

“The situation is also improving even when we include the figures of Hubei. These positive results have not come easy. Since the onset of the outbreak, China has taken unprecedentedly strict prevention and control measures, many of which have far exceeded WHO recommendations and the International Health Regulations requirements,” Yanbo said.

 

“In addition to the engineers and construction workers, Chinese scientists worked all day and isolated the first virus strain and developed the test reagent in less than seven days. Medical workers treat patients around the clock despite the risk of infection and exhaustion from overwork. Tens of thousands of volunteers are working non-stop to help deliver supplies and assistance to the affected regions.”

 

Yanbo also expressed his gratitude to the international community in helping fight novel corona virus.

 

“China is not fighting alone. The vast majority of countries and international organizations such as WHO have expressed appreciation for China’s prevention and control measures and provided support through various means,” he said.

 

Regarding Batswana students who were inthe epi-centre, Yanbo explain that the students have received care and sufficient supply of food and basic necessities from their various universities.

 

 “I personally called some of them and learned about their status. Those at the heart of the epidemic are told not to go outside. They understand this is to prevent them from being exposed to the virus,” he said.

 

“Based on what we have learned, all Botswana students in Wuhan are healthy and safe. They have received care and help from their universities. They have sufficient supply of food, life necessities and medical materials. They also have internet, WeChat app and WhatsApp for accessing the latest information and keeping in touch with family and friends.”

 

 

 

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