A Letter to International Friends in Shiyan
30 January, 2020
Dear international friends in Shiyan,
We would like to extend our greetings to you and your family on the occasion of the Spring Festival. In response to the outbreak of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Shiyan Municipal People’s Government has activated Level I public health emergency response. Under the direction of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, and the arrangement of the provincial Party committee and the provincial government, Shiyan has spared no efforts in the fight against epidemic to curb the spread of the virus. The CPC Shiyan Municipal Committee and Shiyan Municipal People’s Government are deeply concerned about your well-being. For the health of you and your family, you are kindly requested to follow the Law on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases of the People’s Republic of China and other relevant laws and regulations, and the calls of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council by cooperating in the following areas:
I. Seek help in times of need
Foreign affairs offices at all levels open 24-hour hotline for expats in the city ( contact person: Lu Hang, cellphone number:13508686927, website: <https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/z_HUOkDmjwJGOuFaYgii8g>). You may call for information and assistance. Please feel free to contact us when you are in need.
II. Follow official updates
Shiyan Municipal Headquarters on Epidemic Prevention and Control has established a platform named “Shiyan Release”, to update accurate and authoritative information about epidemic prevention and control on a daily basis. Please follow Shiyan Government Online, Shiyan TV, Qin Chu net, Shiyan Evening News and other media outlets for the latest updates. Keep calm and avoid believing and spreading false and unverified information.
III. Minimize outdoor activities
Avoid crowded places, parties and group activities. Properly wear a mask (preferably a surgical mask) if you have to go outside.
IV. Focus on epidemic prevention
Keep good personal hygiene by washing your hands more frequently with soap or alcohol-based sanitizer. Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms. Properly dispose used masks. Maintain ventilation and keep rooms clean. Avoid close contact with wild animals or birds and make sure eggs and meat are thoroughly cooked before consumption.
V. Seek prompt medical attention
Please monitor your health condition closely and work with government or community personnel or medical staff if they inquire about your condition. If you have any symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, or fatigue, please go to a designated hospital with a mask on.
Dear international friends, Shiyan is our home. In the time of difficulties, we need to stand in unity and solidarity to protect and defend our home. With confidence and courage, we can win the battle against the epidemic.
Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Shiyan Municipal Committee