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中国驻悉尼总领馆批驳当地媒体涉新型冠状病毒疫情不实报道

2020-02-06

  日前,中国驻悉尼总领馆致信澳大利亚《每日电讯报》(The Daily Telegraph),批驳该报2月4日刊发的涉新型冠状病毒疫情不实报道。全文如下:

  制造和散播恐慌无益于疫情防控

  2月4日,《每日电讯报》头版刊登题为《逃出僵尸之城的单程票》的报道,把中国湖北省武汉市描绘为“僵尸之城”,甚至声称武汉大街上尸体横陈。这些说法严重违背事实,伤害了中国人民的感情,在澳大利亚民众中引起不必要的恐慌。中国驻悉尼总领馆对此表示严重关切和强烈不满。

  当前,中国人民正全力抗击新型冠状病毒感染肺炎疫情。中国政府采取了一系列迅速、有力、科学的举措,全力救治病人,防止疫情扩散。中方始终本着公开、透明和负责任的态度,及时与世卫组织和各国分享信息,加强国际合作。目前中方防控工作正在逐步取得成效,治愈率不断上升。世界卫生组织总干事谭德塞博士明确表示,对中国最终有效控制疫情充满信心。

  为阻断疫情传播途径,武汉市民取消聚会、减少外出,度过了一个冷清的春节。但武汉绝非所谓的“僵尸之城”。武汉市民始终保持理性乐观心态,很多人在家学习、工作。中方积极采取有效措施,维护在武汉的外国公民的生命安全和身体健康。数以千计的医护人员从全国各地奔赴疫情防控第一线。短短数天内,武汉建起有能力收治数千名感染病患的两家医院。像以往面对重大灾害一样,中华民族的强大凝聚力和韧性将支撑中国渡过难关。

  需要指出的是,武汉方面已经澄清,报道所用图片中的死者并非死于新型冠状病毒肺炎,将这张图片与疫情联系起来毫无道理。

  在疫情面前,我们需要事实而不是渲染,需要信心而不是恐慌,需要团结而不是疏远。我们希望《每日电讯报》恪守新闻职业道德,理性客观报道疫情真实情况,不要为了吸引眼球而制造和散播恐慌。

  英文全文如下:

  Panic doesn’t help the fight against coronavirus

On 4 February, the Daily Telegraph carried a story on its front page titled “Rescue Flight, One-way ticket out of Zombieland”. The article dubbed Wuhan, the capital city of China’s Hubei Province “Zombieland” and even went further to claim “the dead lying in deserted streets” there. These groundless allegations not only hurt the feelings of the Chinese people, but also cause unnecessary panic among its Australian readers. The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney wishes to express its strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to it.

At this moment, the Chinese people are making every effort to fight against the pneumonia outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus. The Chinese government has been taking a series of timely, effective and science-based measures to offer the best medical treatment to the patients as well as to prevent the epidemic from spreading. The Chinese side has released information and shared data with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the international community in a timely, transparent and responsible manner, and international cooperation has been enhanced. The prevention and control efforts are gradually taking effect with more patients being cured. As the WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, he is confident in China’s ability to control and contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

This year’s Spring Festival in Wuhan is quite different from previous years, as we see few cars, empty streets, quiet stations and smaller crowds in the supermarkets. However, the city is never a so-called “Zombieland”. People in Wuhan generally remain calm and optimistic, and many of them study and work from home. China has taken effective measures to protect the safety and health of foreign nationals in Wuhan. Thousands of doctors and nurses left their families behind and volunteered to work on the front-line of the fight against the epidemic. In about 10 days, two hospitals are to be built for treating thousands of infected patients. Just like combating other massive disasters before, China will overcome the difficulties thanks to the solidarity and resilience of its people.

Also, as the Wuhan authorities have clarified, “the dead body” shown in the picture of the story is not attributed to the pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus. Thus it makes no sense to link the image with the current epidemic.

Facing the epidemic, we need fact rather than exaggeration, confidence rather than panic, and solidarity rather than isolation. It is hoped that the Daily Telegraph will stick to media codes of ethics, report on true stories of the epidemic in an objective and rational manner, and refrain from creating or spreading fears for the purpose of being eye-catching.

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