Coronavirus: Envoy assures Isles VP that all Tanzanians are safe

15Feb 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Coronavirus: Envoy assures Isles VP that all Tanzanians are safe

THE Chinese Consul General in Zanzibar, Xie Xiawu, has said all Tanzanians living in China have been provided with preventive care against the deadly coronavirus and none has been infected by the disease so far.

He said this yesterday when he held talks with the Isles Second Vice President, Ambassador Seif Ali Iddi on the current status of the highly contagious, pneumonia-causing illness.

“Currently, all Tanzanians are safe despite rapid spread of the disease which has taken lives of 1,368 people up to now,” he said.

The Chinese government in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) is taking measures to ensure that the virus does not spread to other areas, especially as it has declared the disease a disaster, to mobilize more resources and take appropriate legal measures to ensure it is contained.

Efforts include the construction of a special hospital in the epicenter region to treat all those infected.

Ambassador Iddi commended the Chinese government for its efforts in fighting the disease which has brought fear around the world.

“We are happy to hear that over 4000 Tanzanians living in China are safe. This is good news, but we also assure China that we are together in this tough period,” he asserted.

The disease has not only affected China but all parts of the world, especially traders and entrepreneurs purchasing their products in China, he stated.

The Wuhan coronavirus has killed more than 1300 people so far, with confirmed cases topping 60,000 mainly within China and a few hundred in other countries.

The viral outbreak which has no direct cure spreads more easily from person to person than previously thought, WHO said in a statement after a last week meeting in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

WHO moved to declare the fast-spreading coronavirus as a global health emergency.

It said coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more lethal maladies like the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The viruses were originally transmitted from animals to people before taking epidemic proportions.

Recently the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Elderly and Children said that personnel stationed at vital entry points were being trained on how to identify and care for patients with the new coronavirus, still fast-spreading around the world.

Quarantine facilities were organized at all major entry points, equipped with essentials for attending to patients of that nature, a ministerial statement underlined.

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