En­gaged in se­ri­ous fight against ‘de­mon’ virus: Xi

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Beijing, China - Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said the coun­try was wag­ing a se­ri­ous fight against the ‘de­mon’ coron­avirus out­break and pledged trans­parency in the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to con­tain the dis­ease.

“The epi­demic is a de­mon, and we can­not let this de­mon hide,” Xi said in a meet­ing with the head of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, ac­cord­ing to state me­dia.

“The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has al­ways adopted an open, trans­par­ent and re­spon­si­ble at­ti­tude to timely re­lease of in­for­ma­tion on the epi­demic to do­mes­tic and for­eign coun­tries.”

Of­fi­cials at the epi­cen­tre of the health cri­sis have come un­der fire for in­com­pe­tence in the wake of pub­lic anger over their han­dling of the out­break. Sev­eral se­nior fig­ures have been sub­ject to on­line ridicule for their per­ceived er­rors in re­spond­ing to the cri­sis in­clud­ing Hubei gover­nor Wang Xiaodong, the most se­nior of­fi­cial of the cen­tral Chi­nese prov­ince where the virus was first de­tected.

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