Key words in China’s fight against COVID-19

Fiji Sun - - WORLD NEWS -

Wuhan: Hubei, the cen­tral China province hardest hit by novel coro­n­avirus, is now clear of COVID-19 cases as the fi­nal 12 pa­tients in its pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal of Wuhan left hos­pi­tal.

The whole coun­try is one step closer to win­ning this bat­tle against the virus.

How has China done it?

The fol­low­ing key words may shed some light on this huge achieve­ment.

Do all it takes to con­tain the epi­demic

China and its lead­ers al­ways put peo­ple’s life and health as the top priority and place the peo­ple’s in­ter­ests above ev­ery­thing else. This is why the coun­try would do what­ever it takes to stop the epi­demic from claim­ing more lives.

The whole na­tion fight­ing as one

Mo­bil­is­ing the whole na­tion, China fought “a peo­ple’s war” against the out­break. More than 42,000 med­i­cal work­ers from across the coun­try were dis­patched to Hubei.

Work­ers na­tion­wide rushed to Wuhan to build hos­pi­tals from scratch. Re­sources and sup­plies were pooled from four di­rec­tions.

Col­lec­tive, co-or­di­nated re­sponse

China es­tab­lished col­lec­tive mit­i­ga­tion and treat­ment mech­a­nisms.

With Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping as com­man­derin-chief, Party com­mit­tees and gov­ern­ments at all lev­els co-or­di­nated the re­sponse and fol­lowed cen­tralised com­mand, co-or­di­na­tion and dispatch.

Put hard-hit cities un­der lock­down

China be­gan a 76-day lock­down of out­bound chan­nels in Wuhan on Jan­u­ary 23, and the sit­u­a­tion started to im­prove.

Wuhan peo­ple showed the high­est de­gree of dis­ci­pline and self-sac­ri­fice, stayed in their sep­a­rate homes, but stood united.

Spe­cial care for the aged and Chil­dren

China spared no ef­forts to save the in­fected, old and young.

The over­all cure rate of COVID-19 pa­tients aged above 80 in Wuhan is nearly 70 per cent. Seven cen­te­nar­i­ans in Wuhan were dis­charged from hos­pi­tal, the old­est was 108. Across the coun­try, sev­eral ba­bies also re­cov­ered, the youngest was a two-month-old girl.

Medics pose for a photo prior to de­par­ture from Wuhan In­ter­na­tional Air­port in March 2020.

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