The Chinese embassy in The Bahamas yesterday advised Bahamians to postpone their trips to China until the coronavirus epidemic has been contained.
“At this time, we suggest you to follow the situation and postpone your plans of visiting China for a little while until the situation has settled down,” Haigang Yin, the embassy’s spokesperson, told The Nassau Guardian.
At least 132 people in China have died so far from the virus and there are nearly 6,000 cases in 15 different countries, including the United States, Canada and France.
More than 9,200 people have been affected by the virus in China.
For this reason, Yin advised Bahamians, who are in China, to not leave the country, which is the epicenter of the virus, until the outbreak has been resolved.
“It’s good for their health,” he said.
“At this time, Chinese doctors and nurses know how to tackle this disease. It’s a new disease. It’s not easy to identify because they need a specific agent and equipment. Now, we get it, but we’re not sure other countries can do it.
“We think it’s good for foreigners in China now to stay in China for a little while longer. We have confidence that this disease will be contained or eradicated. We believe in the near future — maybe in one week or little longer — everything will be restored to normal.”
Yin said the Chinese government has placed “high importance” on the control of the virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) will reconvene its emergency committee today to determine whether the virus outbreak qualifies as a public health emergency of international concern.
There have been more than 6,000 confirmed cases of the virus in China.
The virus’ total number of cases in China has surpassed that of the SARS epidemic in 2002 and 2003.
Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands said yesterday that travelers coming into The Bahamas from areas of China “affected” by the virus will likely have to be quarantined for 14 days.