|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Remarks on US Comments Regarding the Pneumonia Outbreak|
Q: On February 2, US President Trump said in an interview that the US has "basically shut it down coming from China"and they can't have thousands of people coming in who may have the virus. He said that the US-China relationship is very good and his administration was offering the Chinese tremendous help. What is your comment?
A: At the moment, the Chinese government and people are sparing no efforts to fight the 2019-nCoV pneumonia outbreak. We have taken decisive and effective measures to rein in its spread, and prevention and control measures are gradually showing their effectiveness. Though the 2019-nCoV has infected a lot of people, its 2.1% mortality rate in China is far below that of infectious diseases like Ebola, SARS and MERS. The number of recovered cases is also rising. We are fully confident and capable of winning the hard battle against this epidemic, and China's efforts have been applauded by the WHO and the international community. The US should react in an objective, fair, calm and evidence-based manner, rather than excessively. It should respect and coordinate with China' prevention and control measures and join us and the international community to beat this epidemic. The US has said many times that it wants to help China. We would like to see early arrival of such help.