The money will be used to fight pneumonia, prevent infection, protect the quarantine zone and study a new strain in laboratories.
The Chinese authorities have already spent $6 billion to fight the coronavirus and plan to increase that cost to $11.5 billion. This was announced at a press conference on Friday, February 14, by Assistant Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China Ou Wenhan
We are increasing the allocation to ensure the fight against pneumonia,” Ou Wenhan said.
He added that the Chinese authorities, if necessary, intend to further increase funding for the need to control infection, stressing that a notice has been issued for all financial institutions, which says that the protection of the population and implementation all political attitudes should henceforth be their priority.
“Financial problems should not affect the quality of care and the implementation of prevention and control measures for the spread of the disease. People should not be afraid to go to the doctors,” he said.
On December 31, 2019, Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization of an outbreak of unknown pneumonia in Wuhan City in the central part of the country (Hubei Province). Experts have identified the pathogen – coronavirus 2019-nCoV. The number of infected in China has already exceeded 63.8 thousand people, 1,380 have died, and 505 people have been infected outside China.