WHO chief says confident in China’s ability to contain virus, urges calm

A couple wearing face masks as a coronavirus preventative measure wait on an underground metro train platform in Hong Kong on January 27, 2020. (File photo: AFP)

The World Health Organization’s director-general said on Tuesday he is confident in China’s ability to control and contain the spread of a new coronavirus, according to state news agency Xinhua.

At a meeting with authorities in Beijing, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he approved of the Chinese government’s measures to curb the outbreak so far, Xinhua reported.

Tedros also said he does not advocate the evacuation of foreign nationals currently in China, and urged people to stay calm.

The death toll from the virus has climbed to 106 in China and cases are being reported in a growing number of other countries.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01