January 30, 2020 / 11:14 PM / 23 days ago

China has confidence and capability to win the war against coronavirus: foreign ministry

FILE PHOTO: Hua Chunying, spokeswoman of China's Foreign Ministry, speaks at a regular news conference in Beijing, China, January 6, 2016.REUTERS/Jason Lee

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has confidence and capability to win the war against the new coronavirus, said the country’s foreign ministry spokeswoman in responding to the World Health Organization (WHO)’s decision to declare the virus outbreak in China as a global emergency.

Hua Chunying, the ministry spokeswoman, also said that China will continue to work with the WHO and other countries to maintain global and regional public health security.

The epidemic has killed at least 212 and infected more than 8,000 globally as of Jan 30.

Reporting by Muyu Xu in Beijing and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Editing by Sandra Maler

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