SCIO briefing on the health and security of Chinese students overseas during the COVID-19 outbreak

The State Council Information Office held a press conference in Beijing on April 2 to brief the media on the health and security of Chinese students living overseas during the COVID-19 outbreak. April 6, 2020

Hu Kaihong:

Thank you, Mr. Lyu. Next, the floor is given to Mr. Zhang Yang.


Zhang Yang:

Greetings, friends from the media. The NHC attaches great importance to the health and safety of overseas Chinese students. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, we have held news briefings and organized experts for media interviews to answer questions regarding the general concern of overseas students, including the transmission route of the disease and personal protection means. We have also promoted popular science. We have launched a special Q&A column about protecting against the epidemic on our official website and started a column about the COVID-19 on our official Health China accounts on Wechat, Weibo and TikTok. We have also published a series of popular science articles on the NHC's official website and Weibo account, including how overseas Chinese can protect themselves during the epidemic, psychological counseling, and a guide for the public on how to wear face masks. Promoted by Chinese embassies and consulates, these articles have provided technical support for overseas Chinese students to protect themselves from getting infected during the epidemic. The public can easily get access to relevant knowledge and information when browsing NHC's official website and its account on Weibo and Wechat. 

Recently, we dispatched a group of Chinese medical experts to several countries in the fight against the epidemic. During their work overseas, the experts cooperated with local academic institutions and student unions to promote health education for overseas Chinese students through symposium and video-streaming and answer their questions in details. This has been welcomed by overseas Chinese students. Meanwhile, the NHC has instructed the aiding medical teams to play to their strengths and guide local Chinese students on personal protection from the virus. This has played a positive role in protecting overseas Chinese people.

In addition, the NHC has cooperated with the Foreign Ministry to prepare a manual on epidemic prevention included in a charity bag of protective supplies provided for overseas Chinese students. We will do our best to care for overseas Chinese students during the epidemic. Earlier, the Chinese government arranged charter flights and temporary flights to bring back Chinese citizens, including students studying abroad. We have worked with the departments of foreign affairs and civil aviation to equip flights with medical workers and to give emergency medical support on the way home.

Next, the NHC will resolutely implement the decisions and deployments of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, continue to cooperate with the diplomatic, education and aviation sectors to provide health security for overseas students, assist in the arrangements for returning students and safeguard the safety of their lives and their health. Thank you.

Hu Kaihong:

Thank you, Mr. Zhang Yang. We will now take questions.

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