China requests India Not to call it ‘Chinese Virus, offers to build makeshift hospitals

Everyone is well aware of the novel coronavirus which originated in China has by far, spread in over 160 countries across the world. By far, the virus has affected over 6.5 lakh people globally and the global death toll has risen to at least 30,000. Thankfully, over 1.4 lakh people have recovered from the deadly outbreak.

The speed with which COVID-19 is spreading seems unstoppable, thereby the world is going towards a lockdown. People are living in fear due to coronavirus pandemic. People have been advised to adopt social distancing during the lockdown. The condition across the world is critical but we know–this too shall pass.

Meanwhile, China has urged India not to call coronavirus as “China virus” or “Wuhan Virus”, and said that it could stigmatise the country and harm international relations.

Ever since the virus spread across the world, US President Donald Trump is continuously referring to coronavirus as a “China virus” or “Wuhan Virus”. President Trump is trying to isolate China at the international forum. Now, China has sought help from India not to label the virus.

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi has reached out to India with the hope that New Delhi would oppose such narrow mindset. Wang Yi had a telephonic conversation with India’s Foreign Minister Dr. Jaishankar in this regard. He said that China would help India fight against deadly coronavirus. China would build COVID-19 hospitals in India.

“China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said it’s not acceptable and detrimental to international cooperation to label the virus and stigmatise China, hope India oppose such narrow mindset,” tweeted China’s envoy’s Sun Weidong. “India’s Foreign Minister Dr. Jaishankar agreed not to label the virus and the international community should send strong signal of solidarity.” The ambassador was referring to a phone conversation between the two foreign ministers.

S Jaishankar, meanwhile, said that he and his Chinese counterpart discussed ways to fight the coronavirus pandemic together. “Discussed with state councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China our working together in combating COVID-19,” he tweeted. “Agreed to build further on our bilateral efforts in this domain.”

A war of words has broke out between the US and China over the origin of the COVID-19. On March 12, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian had alleged that the US Army may have brought the deadly coronavirus to his country.

In India alone, the confirmed positive cases of coronavirus have surpassed 1,000 so far, while at least 20 people have died in the country from the infection. Complete lockdown for 21 days has been imposed across the country in order to check the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.

China which has witnessed more than 3000 deaths to the Covid-19 outbreak is now seeing a slow down in the number of cases being reported. For days now, China has not recorded even a single domestic case.

Even as China is finding it tough to bring widespread infectious disease under control, several countries across the world are reporting cases of coronavirus. People lost their loved ones to the deadly disease which originated in Wuhan, China.

Scientists are trying their best to find a complete cure to combat the fast-spreading disease. Unfortunately, for now, there is no vaccination or cure available to help patients recover the deadly disease. So it is advised to take all possible precautions. Maintain social distancing to avoid coronavirus infection. Make sure that you keep yourself away from those who have coronavirus symptoms.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.