China tries to reassure the outbreak amid growing travel restrictions

(Recasts) BEIJING, Feb. 4 (Reuters) - Beijing is stepping up diplomatic efforts to reassure countries around the world that it can control the outbreak of coronavirus that has killed more than 420 people so far, seeking to avoid further travel bans against China travelers. Chinese State Councilman Wang Yi spoke with foreign ministers from seven countries, including Germany, Malaysia, Sudan and Saudi Arabia in recent days, according to statements from the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Sunday and Tuesday. Wang reiterated the calls that China hoped to control the outbreak and, in some cases, spoke against any travel restrictions. WHO (World Health Organization) explicitly recommended that countries do not take unnecessary travel and trade restrictions, Wang told Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud in a statement issued by China on Tuesday. I think Saudi Arabia will always be with us in the fight against the epidemic. The epidemic is only temporary, and our cooperation and friendship are lasting, Wang said. China faces increasing isolation as an increasing number of airlines suspend flights to their continental cities and some nations, including the United States and Singapore, enact travel restrictions against foreign travelers who recently visited the country. Beijing has ruled against such measures, with anger directed in particular towards the United States. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying repeated criticism against the United States in a statement issued Tuesday, asking Washington to refrain from overreacting and cooperate with China to control the outbreak. The death toll from the epidemic, which has infected more than twice the number of people worldwide than the 2002/2003 SARS streak that also originated in China, is now 427. All but one of these deaths has occurred on Chinese soil. (Report by Se Young Lee and Roxanne Liu; Christian Schmollinger and Raju Gopalakrishnan Edition) This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)