Taipei complains to World Health Organisation after coronavirus case is classed as ‘Taiwan, China’

  • Island’s representative office in Geneva instructed to ‘issue a solemn protest to WHO secretary general … demand a correction’, foreign ministry says
  • Global health body’s actions effectively putting the health of 23 million people in Taiwan at risk, it says

South China Morning Post
Date: 23 Jan, 2020
By: Lawrence Chung

Taiwan has complained about being classed as part of China by the World Health Organisation  after reporting its first case of the novel coronavirus  case that has claimed 17 lives and infected hundreds more.

Although the self-ruled island is not a member of the WHO, it said it filed the report through its channel to the organisation on Tuesday.

But when the WHO released its latest figures on the spread of the virus – which it had earlier named 2019-nCoV – it referred to Taipei’s report as a case from “Taiwan, China,” according to the island’s foreign ministry.

“In announcing its report on the latest condition of the novel coronavirus, the WHO has improperly placed the confirmed case from Taiwan under the ‘Taiwan, China’ category,” it said in a statement on Thursday.    [FULL  STORY]

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