People wearing face masks will pay tribute as China wreaks national mourning for those who died from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Qingming Festival in Beijing on April 4, 2020. REUTERS / Thomas Peter
In this photo, published by the Chinese news agency Xinhua, an honor guard is in formation when a Chinese national flag flies halfway on Saturday, April 4, 2020, on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. China plans to mourn nationwide for three minutes Saturday in memory of those who died in the outbreak of the coronavirus. (Ju Huanzong / Xinhua via AP)
The Chinese national flag flies at half-mast while security guards wearing face masks pay tribute to China’s national mourning for those who died from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Qingming Grave Sweep Festival in Beijing on April 4, 2020 . REUTERS / Thomas Peter
Security guards wearing face masks will pay tribute as China mourns nationwide at the Qingming Festival in Beijing on April 4, 2020 for those who have died from coronavirus disease (COVID-19). REUTERS / Thomas Peter
The Chinese national flag flies at half mast near Beijing train station, while China hosted a national mourning for those who died from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China on April 4, 2020 REUTERS / Thomas Peter
WUHAN, China (AP) – With howling airstrikes and half-mast flags, China held a nationwide three-minute reflection period on Saturday to honor those who died in the outbreak of the coronavirus, particularly “martyrs” who died during the fight what has become a global pandemic.
Commemoration ceremonies were held at 10 a.m. in all major cities, but were particularly moving in Wuhan, the industrial center where the virus was first discovered in December.
Wuhan was completely banned on January 23 to curb the spread of the virus, and was praised by the country’s communist leadership as a “heroic city” for the victims of its 11 million citizens.
Gradually, people were allowed to enter and leave Wuhan under strict conditions. The city’s quarantine is scheduled to be officially lifted on Wednesday.
On Saturday, China reported one new confirmed case in Wuhan and 18 cases from abroad, as well as four new deaths in Wuhan. A total of 81,639 cases and 3,326 deaths have now been recorded in China, although these numbers are generally seen as undervalued due to a lack of testing and reluctance to report the extent of the original outbreak.
China’s slow, cautious emergence from the global pandemic stems from the US struggling to cope with the outbreak that killed over 1,860 people in New York City alone. The most affected European nations, Italy, Spain and France, also have an increasing number of cases and deaths, although stringent social distance measures such as those taken by China appear to be having an effect.
The State Council, China’s cabinet, ordered national flags to be hoisted at half mast across the country and in Chinese embassies and consulates abroad, and all public leisure activities to be stopped.
The horns of cars, trains, and ships followed for three minutes what the official Xinhua news agency called “lamentations.” China has held moments of silence in the past, often to mark the atrocities of Japan during World War II, but rarely at the national level.
The commemoration also takes place two days before the traditional Qingming Festival when Chinese visit their ancestors’ graves. Officials have banned such observations this year to avoid large gatherings that could contribute to a feared second wave of infections.
More than 3,000 healthcare workers have been infected with COVID-19 and 14 have died from the disease, according to the government. Among them was Doctor Li Wenliang, who was fined by the police after posting news of the outbreak, but has since been listed among the national “martyrs”.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping learned more about the operation of the hospital, patient care, medical protection, and scientific research at Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan, China, on March 10.
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