CCTV News 2020-05-08 18:21:35
On May 8, Speaker of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hua Chunying held a press conference. The US Secretary of State Pompeo, The US State Department official Morgan Deann Ortagus，and others recently interviewed by the media once again claim the source of the epidemic is the lab in Wuhan, stating that China knew important information regarding the epidemic last December YET did not take proper actions and withheld critical and true information to the world. The US encourages the international community to pursue the objective of making China responsible, claim compensation and investigate China for its serious wrongdoings. What is China’s response?
Hua Chunying stated that Mr. Pompeo had been interviewed by the US media in recent days, and continues to accuse China of severe pandemic issues negatively impacting the world. Mr Pompeo continues to repeat his rhetoric that the source is the lab in Wuhan, and the Chinese government is not acting fast enough, and the data is misleading, and that the world needs to continue to investigate China. The Chinese government continues it narrative which is completely opposite from the lies from the US. We should continue to tell the true facts so that the world knows the truth.
Who is acting slow? This is a straightforward question.
Hua Chunying, the Speaker of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Regarding the speed of response, China is the first country to be impacted of the epidemic. We have repeatedly introduced the timeline of response of the epidemic.
From December 27th, Wuhan local government received the first formal notification of unidentified pneumonia cases, and on December 30th the Wuhan Health Commission issued relevant emergency notices. As of January 3rd, China officially announced to WHO and International community about epidemic in China. On January 7th, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention successfully revealed from its scientific work the first strain of the new corona virus. On January 12, the National Health of China shared the viral genome sequence information with WHO. January 23rd, Wuhan city was lock down. Wuhan was reopen on April 8. Until today, there have been no confirmed local cases continually for 5 days, and no death cases continually for 23 days.
Let ’s look at the United States, since they received the official notification from China on January 3 and report every day thereafter. On January 25, the US is the first country to evacuate their staff from the Wuhan Consulate General. On February 2, the US closed the border to Chinese citizens and foreigners who have been to China in the past 14 days. On March 13. the United States declared a national emergency. On March 19, more than 10,000 cases were confirmed in the US. On March 27, the US confirmed cases exceed 100,000. On April 8, the US confirmed cases over 400,000. Today, the number of confirmed cases in the United States has exceeded 1.2 million, and the number of deaths is more than 70,000. The facts are very clear.
Who is acting slow, and who is not fast enough? This is a straightforward question.
Source : CCTV （Excerpt）