Caretaker Prime Minister (PM), Charlot Salwai has called on the people of Vanuatu not to be racist towards any Asian national or the Chinese community in Vanuatu because of the global coronavirus outbreak.
Mr Salwai stressed that being racist does not reflect the principles of Vanuatu as a christian country where people are treated equally despite race and religion.
“It’s an outbreak of an illness just like measles, zika and dengue. We should not be blaming China,” he said.
The caretaker PM said he believes China has measures in place and is working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to stop the disease.
There have been reports of racism around the world following the coronavirus outbreak.