Editorial note: If President Xi Jinping truly puts the interests of the people as his top priority, he should just open the Great Firewall and allow the free flow of information. As a learned leader, Xi should know fully the ancient Chinese proverb, “It will cause more harm to stop the free flow of people’s thoughts than to stop that of the rivers.” The CCP must stop telling lies and allow freedom of speech. Otherwise, all efforts to fight the virus should be in vain.
BEIJING, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) — A new hospital built in just ten days in a Chinese city hit hardest by the novel coronavirus outbreak will soon start operation.
Approved by Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping, 1,400 medical staff from the armed forces are tasked with treating patients in the 1,000-bed Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan starting from Monday.
This is the latest development in the Chinese people’s critical battle against the novel coronavirus outbreak, with the number of cumulative confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland reaching 14,380 by the end of Saturday.
Commanding this fight is President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.
Under Xi’s leadership, China has taken unprecedented measures to contain the outbreak, pooling national medical personnel and supplies to the hardest hit regions, building new hospitals, extending the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, postponing the opening dates for schools and businesses, and imposing travel restrictions.
The nation is currently experiencing a peak period of confirmed cases. With prevention and control measures in place, the number of future infections will be significantly reduced, said Li Lanjuan, a renowned Chinese epidemiologist.
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said China’s measures are not only protecting its people, but also protecting the people in the whole world.
President Xi’s personal guidance and deployment show his great leadership capability, Tedros said.
Over the past few weeks, Xi has called multiple meetings, heard reports and made important instructions on the prevention and control work.
The message is crystal clear: people always come first.
Before the Chinese Lunar New Year, as the epidemic spread, Xi ordered resolute efforts to curb the spread, stressing people’s lives and health as the top priority.
On Jan. 25, the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Xi chaired a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee. He reiterated putting people’s lives and health as the top priority and ordered Party committees and governments at all levels to take novel coronavirus outbreak prevention and control as the most important task.
On Jan. 27, in an instruction to Party organizations, members and officials, Xi asked them to keep in mind that the people’s interests are the highest priority in the current arduous battle.
Xi said in an instruction to the military that the epidemic prevention and control remained grim and complex and demanded the armed forces shoulder their responsibility, fight the hard battle and actively assist local authorities in fighting the epidemic.
UNIFIED COMMAND, JOINT EFFORTS
Following a unified command and pooling together efforts from all sectors are key to China’s battle against the novel coronavirus outbreak.
At the Jan. 25 meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, a central leading group was set up to form a unified command to oversee the prevention and control work in different localities.
In the Jan. 27 instruction, Xi asked Party organizations, officials and members to unite the people in resolutely implementing the decisions and arrangements of the CPC Central Committee, to let the Party flag “fly high at the frontline of the battleground.”
On Jan. 28, Xi told Tedros that China has full confidence and capability to win the battle against the virus with concerted efforts, scientific containment and targeted policies under the strong leadership of the CPC.
The joint task mechanism was repeatedly stressed. It would help fortify a strong defense against the outbreak by mass participation, according to Xi.
As the virus is highly contagious, the entire world is looking to China’s prevention and control efforts.
Xi has stressed releasing information in a timely manner and deepening international cooperation.
The Jan. 25 meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee underscored the timely, accurate and transparent release of information to address concerns from home and abroad.
Xi told Tedros that China attaches great importance to the cooperation with the WHO.
China is ready to work with the WHO as well as the international community to safeguard regional and global public health security, Xi said.
Chinese premier stresses ensuring medical supplies in fighting epidemic
BEIJING, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called for greater efforts to speed up the manufacturing and secure the supply of key medical products to help curb the epidemic caused by the novel coronavirus.
Li, also head of the leading group of the Communist Party of China Central Committee on the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus outbreak, made the remarks Saturday during an inspection at a national coordination center of key medical supplies for epidemic prevention and control.
Noting the importance of faster manufacturing and increased supply of key medical products like protective clothing and masks, Li stressed the need to fully tap the potential production capacity and race against time to increase production on the basis of ensuring quality.
He highlighted that medical staff fighting the epidemic should have the priority access to those supplies and asked the national coordination mechanism to allocate more medical resources to key regions hit hard by the virus.
During video calls to medical supplies manufacturing enterprises, Li asked about their production and extended greetings to the employees who work during the holiday.
He also stressed the importance of ensuring the supply of daily necessities for the public.
All-out efforts demonstrate China’s ability to contain epidemic
HANGZHOU, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) — Fewer cars, empty streets, quiet stations and smaller crowds in the supermarkets, this year’s Spring Festival is quite different from previous years with the novel coronavirus sweeping China.
Many Chinese are going in the reverse direction during the Spring Festival, not heading home, but to work on the frontlines of the fight against the epidemic.
Hua, a resident in Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province, decided to shorten her family union in central Henan Province and travel back to Hangzhou on Jan. 26, the second day of the Lunar New Year and traditionally a day for visiting relatives and friends.
“In order to reduce face-to-face interactions with others, we decided not to visit our relatives during this Spring Festival,” Hua said. She did not talk with anybody during her five-hour journey back to Hangzhou. People around her wore masks and the ride was quiet.
Chinese health authorities said on Sunday that the overall confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection on the Chinese mainland had reached 14,380 by the end of Saturday, and a total of 304 people had died of the disease.
Hua chose to stay at home, separating herself from the outside world physically, with a mobile phone full of downloaded films.
According to Chinese health authorities, residents are advised to stay at home in order to contain the epidemic.
Hua’s choice was shared by many other Chinese people during the Spring Festival holiday. Many people got instructions from TV and mobile phones, stayed at home with their family members and chose not to visit relatives and friends.
With just a few taps on her mobile phone, Hua easily sends wishes to her relatives and she can also make video calls.
The day after her arrival, the seven-day Spring Festival holiday, scheduled to end on Jan. 30, was extended to Feb. 2.
Universities and schools across the country are required to postpone the opening of the spring semester, and many factories and companies postponed the start of work.
Large-scale activities for the Lunar New Year celebrations, including temple fairs, winter sports and exhibitions, have been canceled to minimize large gatherings of people.
At the national level, China is mobilizing medical resources to aid Wuhan and control the epidemic. Thousands of doctors and nurses left their families behind and volunteered to go to the city.
According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Chinese travel agencies and online tourism enterprises should suspend group tours starting from Jan. 24.
In urban areas, local governments are trying their best to control the spread of virus through traffic control, temperature measuring and technologies to block and track infections.
In rural areas, village chiefs urge villagers to stay at home to reduce risky face-to-face interactions.
The Chinese government at all levels is making efforts to ensure financing and supplies. In east China’s Zhejiang Province alone, financial support related to the prevention and control of the coronavirus has exceeded 1.2 billion yuan (about 173 million U.S. dollars).
Factory workers went back to work on the first day of the Lunar New Year in Zhejiang, producing masks, medicines, and even zips for protection suits which were greatly needed in Wuhan.
“As an old Chinese saying goes, every man is responsible for the fate of his country. At this critical juncture, we should do our work and help our nation as much as we can,” said Liu De, a technician who kept working in his factory on New Year’s Eve to manufacture more masks.