China doing good job on coronavirus: Trump

The U.S. President made these remarks after speaking to his Chinese counterpart on the issue

Updated - November 28, 2021 11:36 am IST

Published - February 08, 2020 08:33 am IST - Washington

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

China is doing a good job on its fight against the deadly coronavirus that has taken the lives of large number of people, President Donald Trump has said, adding that the US was helping them out.

“China is working very hard. Late last night, I had a very good talk with President Xi and we talked mostly about the coronavirus,” Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday. “I think they are doing a very professional job.”

The death toll in China due to coronavirus continues to goes up as it jumped to 722 on Friday, while the number of confirmed cases rose to 34,546, Chinese health authorities announced on Saturday.

The Chinese, Mr. Trump said, were in touch with the World Health Organization and also the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We’re working together,” he said. “I had a great conversation last night with President Xi. It’s a tough situation. I think they’re doing a very good job.”

Asked if he is concerned about its potential impact on global economy, Trump said: “I think that China will do a very good job.”

According to U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar, there have been 12 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, including two cases of transmission to people who had not recently been in China.

The U.S. has offered to send world-class experts to China to assist them, Azhar said.

According to him, the U.S. has implemented temporary quarantines of its citizens who have recently been to China’s Hubei province, the epicentre of the virus, and have asked for voluntary, self-monitoring quarantines for people who have recently been elsewhere in mainland China.


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