The Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, on Tuesday, February 4; slammed reports regarding the suspension of visa issuance to Nigerians intending to visit China due to coronavirus.
This is despite the outbreak of Coronavirus; but the Embassy advised that such travels should be delayed except in cases of urgency.
The Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, who made this in a statement also confirmed that the World Health Organisation; WHO has acknowledged and commended China’s effort at containing the spread of Coronavirus.
“We have kept very smooth communication with the internationals; and the foreign embassies in China to keep them very informed of the emergency,” Pingjian said.
Ambassador Pingjian said that as of February 3; there were 17, 205 reported cases of coronavirus in China while 21, 558 were suspected of being with the virus in the Chinese Mainland.
He quoted the Chinese National Health Commission has reported 361 deaths from the virus; while 475 have been discharged from hospital after recovery of health.
He said, “The emergency is still very adaptive to the situation.
“And we believe that with joint efforts from the international community; we can prevent and cure the spread of the epidemic.”
The ambassador noted that although the outbreak of the disease will affect the economic prospects of China, he was optimistic the economy will bounce back shortly.
“The economy will feel the impact of the epidemic because you see in china we have taken very rigorous measures, like in the extension of the holidays.
“It will feel the impact of the epidemic, but according to China’s experience; we are not here for the first time to face such an epidemic.”
He added that the recommendations of the WHO are very important for us to fight the epidemic together.
“And for the embassy, we take decisions and like the government; we are trying all that we can to pass information among the Chinese community here in Nigeria. The awareness of the epidemic is very important,” he said.