By A Correspondent| The Chinese ambassador’s face appeared suddenly pale on Saturday as ZANU PF leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa announced to the Asian country that Covid-19 deaths are declining.
He also said the cases are declining, altogether contradicting China itself, the United Nations and other health authorities.
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Mnangagwa was at the time meeting the Chinese envoys in the capital, Harare.
Mnangagwa said this just as more than 2,600 new cases of the coronavirus were being confirmed in China with deaths up by 143, health officials announced, and just as the United States urged its citizens to leave a virus-struck cruise ship under quarantine in Japan.
Mnangagwa said, “We are happy that the cases are declining, the deaths are declining, and this is good both for our brothers and sisters in China.”
More than 2,600 new cases of a coronavirus have been confirmed in China with deaths up by 143, health officials said on Saturday, as the United States urged its citizens to leave a virus-struck cruise ship under quarantine in Japan.
The Reuters news agency reports how: China is struggling to get the world’s second-largest economy back to work after an extended Lunar New Year holiday with the central bank pledging to support companies, but travel bans and quarantine orders are frustrating business as usual.
Beijing has told those returning to quarantine themselves for 14 days, while the transport ministry said travel volumes were about a fifth of what they usually are after the holiday, which was extended for 10 days to help stall the virus.
The total number of infections across mainland China was 66,492 after 2,641 new cases were confirmed as of Friday, the National Health Commission said.
The death toll rose by 143 to 1,523, it said, with most of the new deaths in central Hubei province and in particular the provincial capital of Wuhan, a city of 11 million people where the outbreak began in December.
Of all the cases worldwide, 63,859 are in mainland China.
The figures have been collated by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.
Adam Kamradt-Scott, an infectious diseases expert at the University of Sydney, quoted by SKyNews, said the figures show drastic measures implemented by China to stop the spread of the coronavirus “appear to have been too little, too late”.
Commenting, the Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr. Guo Shao Chun said COVID-19 will temporarily affect the Chinese economy, however it will not affect the existing political, social and economic ties between the two countries.