China says it immediately notified the World Health Organization, WHO and other relevant parties of the coronavirus outbreak.
In a report published Sunday outlining China’s actions in fighting the novel coronavirus epidemic, the country’s State Council Information Office says “China immediately notified the World Health Organization and relevant countries and regional organizations of the outbreak.”
The report adds that China “shared the whole genome sequence and specific primers and probes for detection of COVID-19, and regularly notified the World Health Organization and relevant countries with Epidemic information.”
China has been criticized by other countries, in particular the United States, for allegedly withholding information about the outbreak in its early days.
The report also outlines that the National Health Commission “preliminarily confirmed that the novel coronavirus was the pathogen of the epidemic” on January 8, and the Chinese government has been updating the WHO daily since January 11, sharing the genome sequence with the WHO on the following day, January 12.