Foreign Nationals Treated Equally, Guangzhou Officials State

Amid growing concerns about recent imported cases quarantined in Guangzhou, government officials have reaffirmed that all foreign citizens entering [the city] are treated equally, regardless of their nationality, race, and gender, said Liu Baochun, Director of the Municipal Foreign Affairs Office. We oppose discriminatory acts taken upon any individual coming from any nation outside China.

Liu also noted that the city has already improved its services to avoid any future miscommunication and misunderstanding between official statements made by the government and foreign residents/travelers. 

At the same time, we also expect and hope that foreigners in Guangzhou can strictly abide by local epidemic prevention regulations so we  can work together to fight the spread of the virus, he added.

In conjunction with Lius statement, Cai Wei, spokesman for the Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau, said all foreign visitors and residents in Guangzhou must accept the examination of their passports and other identity documents by public security organs, the refusal of which would only make matters more complicated.

Since March 27, Guangzhou has demanded that all arrivals from overseas undergo a fortnight quarantine and nucleic acid testing (NAT).

As of Saturday, April 11, a total of 4,553 people from high-risk countries have received NAT in Guangzhou, 679 of whom were under centralized medical observation and 3,771 remained isolated at home.

Guangzhou has reported a total of 119 new imported cases of the novel coronavirus disease as of midnight on Saturday, according to Guangzhous mayor, Wen Guohui.

"During our fight against the coronavirus, the Chinese government has been attaching great importance to the life and health of foreign nationals in China," Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Sunday.

The virus knows no borders. The pandemic, a challenge to all mankind, can only be defeated through concerted international efforts. 

Source: Xinhua

Editor: Crystal H