America The restrictions imposed on travelers from were confirmed this Tuesday China It blames “discreet health measures” and China’s possible retaliation for the outbreak of cases. COVID-19 Asian giant.
“Because countries around the world are taking prudent health measures to protect their citizens, there is no reason to retaliate,” a White House spokesman told a news conference. Karine Jean-PierreAccording to the report it is only about “public health”. Bloomberg.
The reports come after the Chinese government described as “unacceptable” the measures taken by some countries to restrict the arrival of the Asian giant’s travelers, alleging that there were no scientific arguments to justify the restrictions approved by governments such as the United States. .
“We are strongly opposed Take preventive measures and contain the epidemic in order to achieve political objectives,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said in an earlier press release via official media.
In this way, Beijing assured that it reserves the right to retaliate. “Principle of Reciprocity” Manages international relations. However, the spokesperson did not go into further detail about these potential repercussions.
For its part, the European Commission has decided this Tuesday “Absolute Majority” The EU’s 27 member states agree to carry out COVID-19 tests on travelers from China, for which they have agreed to a “coordinated approach” given the recent surge in positives in the country.
“The majority of countries are in favor of pre-departure tests,” a spokesman said Tuesday after a meeting of the health protection committee, the news agency reported. APD.
European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella KiriakidesOn his official Twitter profile, there is a general consensus on measures such as screening for travelers from China, as well as intensification of sewage or more monitoring of cases.
The European Union and China edged closer to a serious political showdown on Tuesday over the COVID-19 crisis. Beijing strongly rejected the travel restrictions Some EU countries have started imposing it and it may be extended in the coming days.
Beijing flatly rejected aid from the European Union, including vaccine donations, saying the health situation on its soil was “under control” and medical supplies were “adequate”, government spokesman Mao said.
(with information from EP)