Beijing has hit back at countries which have placed travel restrictions on Chinese travellers due to the coronavirus epidemic; saying such measures go against the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendations.
A tweet posted by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on its official Twitter account, on Saturday, February 1, noted the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s remarks that a “certain country has turned a blind eye to WHO recommendations” by imposing “sweeping travel restrictions against China”.
In the same phone call, FM Wang noted certain country has turned a blind eye to WHO recommendations and imposed sweeping travel restrictions against China. This kind of overreaction could only make things even worse. It's not the right way to deal with the pandemic.
— Spokesperson发言人办公室 (@MFA_China) February 1, 2020
The tweet further said such travel restrictions are “not the right way to deal with the pandemic”; as they are a sort of “overreaction” that could “make things even worse”.
It was also noted that the United States, the European Union, Russia, Australia and Singapore have banned or restricted the entry of Chinese citizens; and any foreigners that have recently visited China due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Other countries that have placed travel restrictions on visitors from China include Mongolia, Malaysia (residents from Hubei), the Philippines (residents from Hubei), and Japan (residents from Hubei).
While the WHO has declared the novel coronavirus a global public health emergency on Thursday, Jan. 30; it has yet to issue any advisory against travel to China.
The international organisation has also opposed any move to close borders with China or restrict Chinese travellers’ access.
China, on the other hand, has banned all outbound group travel from Jan. 27; and placed 16 cities under lockdown indefinitely in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
5 arrested in Abuja for falsely claiming to have contracted Coronavirus
Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory Command of the Nigerian Police Force, on Saturday, February 1; arrested five Abuja residents who invaded the Wuse General Hospital with false claims of having contracted the Novel Coronavirus.
The suspects who initiated the Coronavirus prank were paraded at the Wuse Zone 3 Divisional Police Station.