Coronavirus: China confident epidemic will soon be over

A couple with masks walking on a street on Valentine's Day, Feb 14, 2020, in Shanghai.
A couple with masks walking on a street on Valentine's Day, Feb 14, 2020, in Shanghai. PHOTO: REUTERS

MUNICH (REUTERS) - China is confident the coronavirus epidemic will be over soon and that the impact will be only temporary on its economy, which will rebound strongly, Mr Qin Gang, China's Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, said on Saturday (Feb 15).

"The impact of the epidemic on the Chinese economy will be short term and temporary," he said at the Munich Security Conference.

"When the epidemic is over, the subdued consumer demand will be released rapidly and the economy will rebound strongly."