Coronavirus: China accuses US of causing panic and ‘spreading fear’

Medical workers with a patient in Wuhan, China, on Sunday.Credit...Chinatopix, via Associated Press

The Chinese government has accused the US of causing “panic” in its response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

It follows the US decision to declare a public health emergency and deny entry to foreign nationals who had visited China in the past two weeks.

There are more than 17,000 confirmed cases of the virus in China. Some 361 people have died there.

Outside China, there are more than 150 confirmed cases of the virus – and one death, in the Philippines.

The virus causes severe acute respiratory infection and symptoms seem to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough.

On Monday, a study by a Chinese virologist said a pneumonia outbreak associated with the coronavirus had likely started in bats.

The outbreak took its toll on Chinese shares when markets reopened on Monday following the Lunar New Year holiday. The Shanghai Composite index closed nearly 8% lower, its biggest daily drop for more than four years.

On 23 January, the US ordered the departure of all non-emergency US personnel and their family members from the city of Wuhan in Hubei province, where the virus originated.

Less than a week later, the US allowed for the voluntary departure of non-emergency personnel and relatives of US government employees from China.

On 30 January, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency over the new virus. Following this, the US ordered the departure of all US personnel family members under the age of 21 in China.Any US citizen who has been in Hubei province will be subject to 14 days’ quarantine upon returning to the US.


  1. ubusali bwali chilamo ku china–that is why ama out break ya fulila–mulepyanga mu ma markerts…Not complaining ati aba na balya bale tusebanya

  2. Much as I’m against the sheer hysteria surrounding nCov, I must side with the US here because what they’re doing is mere procedure and no different from what many other countries are doing to prevent the possibility of a pandemic. There is need for other countries to take these precautions but most importantly, the Chinese government should be concentrating on containing the virus where it originated from and controlling the situation on their ground.

  3. The USA under trump has a stated policy of impeding chines march to high tech dominance of the world….

    trump is trying everything, from banning Chinese companies to taxing them, this virus outbreak is presenting an opportunity for the USA to disadvantage China further on the world stage.

    I would not be surprised if these revolting videos of Chinese eating habits on social media are part of the USAs attempt to shackle the Chinese further…… dought these revolting Chinese eating habits will have a negative impact on the Chinese economy…..

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