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20200130NEWSLETTER ON THE CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC IN CHINA
2020/01/30
  THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2020: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - As of January 30, 2020, the National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China has reported 7,711 confirmed cases of pneumonia and 170 deaths caused by the novel coronavirus (2019n-C0V). A total of 124 people have been discharged from hospital after recovery.

The National Health Commission has traced in total 88,693 people who have had close contact with the infected patients in order to curb the transmission of the novel coronavirus. 2,364 of them have been released from medical observation while 81,947 are still under medical observation.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global emergency as concerns grow that the virus could spread to countries with weaker health systems. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has emphasised that the main reason for decision was not due to what is happening in the People's Republic of China but what is occurring in other countries. The WHO has continued to recognise the "unprecedented response" and "extraordinary measures" to the outbreak taken by the People's Republic of China in order to protect citizens and the rest of the world.

China has full confidence and the capability to win the fight to overcome the spread of pneumonia caused by the coronavirus. The National Health Commission is scheduled to hold a press conference on January 31 as they continue to provide timely updates and make arrangements for health protection of key groups and communities in the prevention and control of the pneumonia spread caused by the novel coronavirus.

The prevention and control of the outbreak is the People's Republic of China's most important work as the health and safety of persons always come first. The Embassy of the People's Republic of China to Trinidad and Tobago continues to closely monitor entry of Chinese citizens into Trinidad and Tobago. There have not been any suspected cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus in Trinidad and Tobago.

As part of local efforts, His Excellency Song Yumin has met with the WHO representative in Trinidad and Tobago exchanging views on communication and cooperation regarding fighting against the novel coronavirus. The Embassy will continue to keep open communication lines with the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs and the Ministry of Health of Trinidad and Tobago on the latest developments in China to mitigate and prevent the spread of the virus.

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