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China asks other countries to lift restrictions on travel and trade

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China asks other countries to lift restrictions on travel and trade

China on Thursday complained to countries that restricted travel and trade because of the outbreak of the new coronavirus that began in the center of the country to lift these limitations, avoiding measures that could trigger panic.

"Some countries have adopted a series of travel and trade restrictions, including banning the entry of foreigners who have visited China in the past 14 days, rejecting entry for Chinese citizens with passports issued in Hubei province, suspending the issuing of visas and canceling flights, among others, "said the Chinese ambassador to the UN, Li Song.

The diplomat was speaking at a session of the Executive Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, where an updated report is received daily on the progression of the new coronavirus that causes pneumonia and which has already killed more than 500 people.

Li Song regretted that other countries are taking measures that "go against the WHO recommendations", considering that they raise the alarm and are "preventing international cooperation to prevent and control the outbreak".

The diplomat asked that these measures, which Beijing considers excessive, be overturned.

China raised this Thursday to 563 dead and more than 28,000 infected the balance of the pneumonia outbreak caused by a new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) detected last December in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, placed under quarantine.

The first person to die from the new coronavirus outside of China was a Chinese citizen in the Philippines.

In addition to the mainland of China and the Chinese regions of Macau and Hong Kong, there are other confirmed cases of infection in more than 20 countries, the latest new case identified in Belgium Tuesday.

On January 30, WHO declared an international public health emergency situation, which implies the adoption of prevention and coordination measures worldwide.

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