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WHO officials praise China over Beijing's response to COVID-19 outbreak Updated: 2020-02-26 13:46:45 KST

The COVID-19 outbreak has affected scores of countries, including South Korea, which has seen the most confirmed cases outside of mainland China.
Despite there being no end in sight, the World Health Organization has praised what it called China's strong and decisive approach to tackling the outbreak.

"And what they've done has only been possible because of a tremendous collective commitment and will of the Chinese people, from the most bottom level community leaders we met and talked to, to the governors at the very top. It was an extraordinary, what we call 'all-of-government', 'all-of-society' approach that many of you are feeling because you live here and you operate in this, but it's rare to see that."

According to the WHO's director-general, the decline in the number of confirmed cases in China gives hope to the rest of the world.

"The team also estimate that the measures taken in China have avoided a significant number of cases, but the key message that should give all countries hope, courage and confidence is that this virus can be contained."

The WHO's decision to praise China has sparked global criticism given the Chinese government's lack of transparency, including initial attempts to censor reports of the outbreak.
Others say that while China might be reporting a downturn, other parts of the world are now being hit hard by the virus that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
While the world braces for a widespread outbreak, the WHO maintains it's too early to call it a pandemic, as watchers continue to question the international health agency's credibility.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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