China defends early actions on COVID-19 following panel report

FILE Photo: A symbol is pictured outdoors a building of the World Wellbeing Corporation (WHO) during an executive board conference on update on the coronavirus outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

GENEVA (Reuters) – China on Tuesday defended its early actions taken to battle the COVID-19 outbreak, saying that it right away notified the Environment Wellness Organization and took “the most detailed, extensive, demanding prevention and command measures”.

“Facing the unidentified SARS-CoV-2, China instantly notified WHO of the epidemic scenario, shared the virus genome sequence at the earliest achievable time and took the most in depth, thorogh, strict avoidance and command steps,” Sunlight Yang from China’s Nationwide Overall health Fee advised WHO’s Govt Board.

The remarks occur a working day after the independent WHO panel explained that Chinese officials could have applied general public health and fitness measures far more forcefully in January last yr to control instances.

Some paragraphs in the interim report of the panel headed by previous New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf are “inconsistent with the facts”, Sun said.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, Emma Farge and Kate Kelland