Chongqing – The world has been closely following the COVID-19 epidemic in China. Many countries have also actively provided assistance to combat the epidemic.
Mr. Koen Sizoo, the Consul-General of Kingdom of the Netherlands in Chongqing took an interview with iChongqing to share the information on the Netherlands’ assistance in the epidemic and his thoughts on China’s efforts to curb the spread of the new virus.
Mr. Koen Sizoo recorded a video in support of China’s efforts over the epidemic.
According to Mr. Sizoo, the Dutch government has made an extra contribution of EUR 1 million to the WHO to assist the efforts to fight the new virus. Many Dutch provinces and cities and companies such as Philips (medical systems), Signify (disinfecting lamps), and Friesland Campina (nutrition) have also made contributions.
He told iChongqing that he was impressed by the efforts made by the Chinese government and Chinese people to combat the epidemic. “It would be difficult to imagine that almost all public activity could be stopped like this in any other country. And at the same time, the supply of daily necessities such as food is effectively kept up. That requires a huge effort too by all those involved in organizing, producing, and transporting it.” Mr. Consul General said. He continued, “The whole nation’s resilience of the Chinese people has always been impressive throughout China’s long history, and it shows once again under these difficult circumstances. I am especially impressed by the self-sacrifice of Chinese medical professionals who keep working ceaselessly to stop the spread of the virus and some of whom have already paid the ultimate price. I also have enormous respect for all the farmers and guards and delivery people who keep going out every day to do their job.” Mr. Sizoo specially recorded a video in support of China’s efforts over the epidemic and paying respect to those who fight at the forefront.
Mr. Sizoo thought that the most important thing, for now, is for everyone here to get through this safe and healthy first. “Once the daily life and economic activity will go back to normal, we will redouble our activities to strengthen contacts and exchanges between the Netherlands and this region in every field and to get them to an even higher level than before.” He said, in a determination to resume the prosperity of the exchanges between Chongqing and the Netherlands.