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Press Release on the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia, 10 February
2020/02/10

(10 February)

As of 9 February, in mainland China, 40,171 confirmed cases had been reported, among which 3,281 were cured and discharged from hospital, 908 died, and 35,982 still under treatment. There was 23,589 suspected cases pending test results in mainland China as of 9 February. Official statistics show that between 4 and 9 February, the number of newly reported confirmed cases outside Hubei province kept declining for six consecutive days. By 9 February, no confirmed or suspected case of novel coronavirus infection had been reported among Tanzanian citizens in China and no such case reported in Tanzania either.

By 5 February, leaders of 61 countries, including Tanzanian President Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, and heads of eight international organizations wrote letters to President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and other members of the Chinese leadership to express solidarity and support. They spoke openly in support of China and commended China’s epidemic control efforts. An advance team of international experts led by the World Health Organization (WHO) has left for Beijing to help China fight against the epidemic.

The Chinese government has done a great deal to ensure the safety and health of foreign nationals. Hubei province has set up a 24-hour hotline for foreign nationals and students there, and provided updates in multiple languages regarding the outbreak and ways to prevent infections on its government website. Provinces and municipalities including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Xinjiang have stepped up efforts to share information and provide services to foreigners, whose needs in terms of daily life, self-protection and medical treatment are ensured. Foreign nationals are safe in China.

According to the professional evaluation of WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros, the safest way for foreign nationals in Wuhan is to stay put and ensure effective self-protection. He has cautioned against hasty movement as it will add more uncertainties. In fact, confirmed cases have been detected among some foreign evacuees, which increase the risk of further spread.

There are some rumors circulating on the social media in Tanzania related to NCP. As Dr. Tedros rightly put it, the virus is fearful in itself, but what is more fearful are rumors and panic. The Chinese government is sharing information related to NCP in an open and transparent manner. Please DO NOT believe those rumors and keep informed by official and reliable sources, including the Tanzanian Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, the Elderly and Children and the Chinese Embassy in Tanzania, etc.

The virus is unprecedented, so are the measures we have taken. In the face of the epidemic, there are four key words: stay calm, rest assured, be confident and stay patient.

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