March 18, 2020 / 7:55 AM / 14 days ago

China says coronavirus pandemic exposed global health system's shortcomings

FILE PHOTO: People wear protective face masks as they sit in a bus following an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), in downtown Shanghai, China March 16, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic that has infected more than 160,000 people globally has exposed shortcomings in the global health system.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters during a daily briefing that China calls on the international community to prioritise public health security.

China has reported nearly 81,000 infections and 3,237 deaths in the mainland from the coronavirus epidemic, which emerged late last year in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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