China Holds Day of Mourning for Coronavirus Victims

Cheryl Sanders
April 4, 2020

As people stood in silence, the sound of air sirens blasted across the country along with horns from cars, trains, and ships in what China's official Xinhua News Agency called a "wail in grief" for three minutes, the AP reported.

National flags on top of buildings along the Bund at half-mast.

More than 3,300 people in mainland China have died in the epidemic, which first surfaced in the central province of Hubei late a year ago, according to statistics published by the National Health Commission.

In Wuhan, all traffic lights in urban areas were turned red at 10 am and all road traffic will cease for three minutes.

Wuhan was placed under complete lockdown on January 23 in an effort to stem the spread of the virus and has been lauded as a "heroic city" by the nation's communist leadership for the sacrifices made by its 11 million citizens. The Wuhan deaths account for more than 75% of the country's fatalities.

They include Li Wenliang, a doctor and whistleblower in Wuhan who was reprimanded by authorities for trying to warn others in the early days of the contagion.

A central government investigation into Li's death concluded he was "inappropriately" punished by Wuhan police.

"We commemorate the white shirts, the white shirts who were fighting at the frontline. It was not easy at all to come by". Since then, the virus has spread to all corners of the globe, sickening more than a million, killing over 55,000 people and paralysing the world economy.

Cemeteries across China are offering a "cloud tomb-sweeping" service in which families can honour their ancestors by watching a live-stream of cemetery staff attending to graves on their behalf. Chinese gaming and social media giant Tencent suspended all online games Saturday.

China has reported a total of 81,589 cases, excluding patients which may be asymptomatic as well as 3,318 from the pandemic.

According to China's official figures, new confirmed daily cases have been in double figures over the past weeks, signaling the epidemic may be lessening.

On Friday, China registered 29 new imported cases of COVID-19 and two cases of internal transmission in the last 24 hours, with 4 new death due to the illness.

Wuhan, for example, reported 35 new asymptomatic cases on Wednesday and has a total of 678 people infected with the coronavirus but not exhibiting symptoms under medical observation.

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