China honours virus victims with 3 minutes of reflection

Yolanda Curtis
April 4, 2020

The State Council, China's Cabinet, ordered that national flags be flown at half-mast around the country and at Chinese embassies and consulates overseas, and the suspension of all public recreational activities.

All public recreational activities and celebratory events in Macao were also suspended on Saturday.

Beijing time, the country observed three minutes of silence to mourn those who died, including frontline medical workers and doctors.

In Beijing, President Xi Jinping led other top officials, all dressed in black suits with white carnations, as they bowed before a flag at half-mast in the leadership compound of Zhongnanhai. Li was honoured by the Hubei government earlier this week, after initially being reprimanded by police in Wuhan for "spreading rumours".

No new cases of the coronavirus have been registered in the province of Hubei, where the city of Wuhan - the epicenter of the pandemic - is located. He died on February 7 after contracting the novel coronavirus.

Currently, the U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world at 277,953 and has registered 7,152 deaths, with NY, the epicentre of the pandemic in the country, accounting for 1,867 of the total count, the CSSE figures showed. That takes the total number of asymptomatic people now under medical observation to 1,030, including 729 in Hubei.

The day of mourning coincided with the start of the annual Qingming tomb-sweeping festival, when millions of Chinese families pay respects to their ancestors.

According to figures from the Washington-based Johns Hopkins University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE), China reported 82,518 cornfirmed cases with 3,330 deaths. They have also told residents to use online streaming services which will allow them livestream the cemetry staff carrying out the tasks on their behalf.

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