Chinese FM changes online media briefings while the number of deaths from Coronavirus crosses 300
BEIJING: As the outbreak becomes virulent in China with the death toll crossing more than 300, Sunday announced that it will keep its daily means online.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China holds information sessions for the media every day of the week. The information sessions remain suspended from January 24 due to the Chinese New Year/Spring Festival festivities and will resume on Monday.
The one-week public holiday lasted until February 2 in view of the attack of the coronavirus that extended from the most affected and its provincial capital to the rest of China and many parts of the world.
The Philippines reported on Sunday the first death outside of China because of the deadly virus that has spread to 25 countries, including India, with a total of 305.
So far, more than 140 cases of coronavirus have been reported from abroad, including India, where a second case of Kerala virus was reported on Sunday.
Taking into account the apprehensions about the spread of the virus from person to person and the restrictions of officials on public meetings, the Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday that the information sessions will be held online.
Against the outbreak of pneumonia 2019-nCoV (official name for the coronavirus), China has been working closely in solidarity with the international community to protect people's life and health safety, the ministry said in a statement to the media .
In light of the current situation, in order to keep journalists up to date with the latest developments on the Chinese diplomatic front and ensure their health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will hold a daily online information session every day of the week to as of February 3, he said.
The spokesman will connect online and use WeChat (China's social media platform) to answer questions from journalists, he said.
However, officials from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs have held press conferences in Beijing and Hubei to update journalists about the events related to the virus.