Friday, February 07, 2020

China fumes as int’l airlines halt flights

Beijing: China said on Thursday that it had lodged diplomatic protests with countries whose airlines had cancelled flights to Chinese cities alleging that they were spreading panic in the wake of deadly coronavirus.

The death toll in China’s novel coronavirus outbreak went up to 563 as 73 people died on Wednesday, the highest single day fatalities so far, while total confirmed cases rose sharply to 28,018, Chinese health officials said on Thursday. Among the infected patients are 19 foreign nationals. The government did not disclose their nationalities. The deadly virus has spread to more than 25 countries, including India. Several international airlines, including Air India and IndiGo, have cancelled flights to China over fears of the virus spreading across the world, a move which Beijing described against the WHO guidelines. Several countries have also announced travel bans.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told the media briefing online on Thursday that the Chinese government was acting with openness, transparency and a high sense of responsibility in sharing information enhancing international cooperation in dealing with the virus.
06/02/20 Tribune
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