By Roy Mabasa
The Chinese Embassy will continue to maintain close cooperation with Philippine authorities and is paying close attention to the development and condition of a Chinese woman who is the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection in the country.
“We will continue to maintain close cooperation with the Philippine Department of Health in order to obtain more relevant information and assist the Philippine side in the prevention and control of the epidemic,” Chinese Ambassador to Manila Huang Xilian told reporters on Friday.
The Chinese envoy also expressed hope that the Philippine side “could take good care of the patient and protect her legitimate rights and interests.”
Earlier reports showed that a Chinese man and woman were reportedly admitted to San Lazaro Hospital and were initially considered as persons under investigation.
During his talk with the media, Huang said the Chinese people are now fighting a “very hard battle” against the epidemic. Their government has established a prevention and control system covering the whole country, and “the efforts in all aspects are moving forward comprehensively.”
“China has the full confidence and capability to win the battle against the virus,” he said.
Also on Friday, the Chinese Embassy donated 2,000 facial masks to the Bureau of Immigration to help its frontline officers better fulfil their duties at various ports in the country.
Embassy Counsellor and Consul General Luo Gang, who represented Ambassador Huang at the donation turnover, said countries should strengthen their cooperation and coordination when facing this kind of public health emergency.