Skip to comments.Commentary: China firm to win anti-virus battle at all cost
Posted on 01/26/2020 5:16:53 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
BEIJING -- China has fortified a nationwide defense against novel coronavirus, as the battle was fought when the Chinese people should have been immersed in the festivity of family union and happy gathering.
Numbers on cases of infection and death tolls are updated daily. Wuhan, a megacity at the epicenter of the epidemic in central China's Hubei province, has suffered the most. As the virus continues to spread throughout the country at an alarming rate, the whole nation is racing against time to counter the effects of the virus on people's lives.
Life is of paramount importance. This has been seen clearly in the work by the Communist Party of China during its seven decades of governance in the new China. Putting people's lives first has always been a priority when working to make Chinese people's lives safer, richer and healthier.
Therefore, the fight against new virus is a battle China must win.
Wuhan, alongside other cities in Hubei, has introduced the most stringent control measures in history. The city has physically sealed itself off from the outside and has banned the use of automobiles to cut off the spread of the virus. People are working around the clock to build two makeshift hospitals in suburban Wuhan, following the model of the Xiaotangshan hospital in Beijing that was built when the country fought the SARS epidemic in 2003.
Medical resources nationwide, civilian and military, are pouring into Wuhan. Doctors, nurses and experts from across the nation have been selected to join the battle, and manufacturers have restarted their plants to produce medical consumables that have been running short in many places. A national research team of experts, headed by renowned respiratory scientist Zhong Nanshan, has been set up to help prevent and control the outbreak
Local governments across the country have adopted restricted measures to curb the spread of the virus as much as possible, and the public has been cooperative. People are staying at home to avoid and many have canceled trips for family get-togethers. This is going to be an unforgettable Spring Festival for the Chinese, as families are separated but united to stand together in the face of the disease.
In any battle, the confidence to win is the cornerstone of victory. It is not an exception in the battle against coronavirus. And the confidence is well-founded.
Wuhan, a city about five times the size of London, boasts state-of-the-art scientific research capacities. It hosts a bio-safety level four (BSL-4) laboratory, or the Wuhan P4 lab. It researches the most dangerous pathogens and follows the maximum safety levels. There are only a handful of such labs in Asia. It puts Wuhan in a good position to handle the disease outbreak in the city.
Though there is a shortage of medical resources in Wuhan, confidence still remains in this megacity that hosts a number of nationally renowned mega-hospitals. It has highly-skilled medical professionals and advanced medical infrastructures. Resource shortages are only temporary, and order will be restored soon.
Rays of hope have emerged. As of Saturday, 49 people infected by the virus had recovered and been released from hospitals.
Chinese scientists are also racing against time to develop vaccines for the novel coronavirus. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has isolated the virus and is currently identifying a seed strain. Researchers are also screening drugs targeting pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus.
Viruses have no borders, so neither should the fight against them. China has continued to have close communication with the World Health Organization (WHO), releasing information to the WHO as well as relevant countries in a timely manner.
When the United States tabled a proposal to evacuate personnel from its Wuhan consulate, China makes arrangements accordingly and provided assistance and facilitation to the U.S. side in line with international practice and China's relevant provisions on epidemic prevention.
Seventeen years after China fought the SARS epidemic, it has developed better disease combating mechanisms in terms of emergency response and transparency. The public has also become more composed and sober in facing the epidemic. China is not what it was 17 years ago.
The virus will be beaten, just as Spring will come.
Is this an officially sanctioned news outlet?
If so, this seems like an extraordinary and grave message from the Chinese govt.
Reads a lot like a Chicom rallying speech for the Great Leap Forward.
Note: while the piece says the numbers will be updated daily, no updated number is given. Puff piece for domestic consumption.
There is nothing in the article about lower the cost or paying for the medicines which may help and which the government does not pay for - these medicines cost $140 or twice the average daily wage.
Huh? Thought there was a flight from Wuhan to SF International planned for today to evacuate the consulate (and what unoccupied space there is on the plane be used to evacuate other Americans living in the city...) Was this cancelled?
“Xinhua News Agency or New China News Agency is the official state-run press agency of the People’s Republic of China. Xinhua is the biggest and most influential media organization in China, as well as the largest news agency in the world in terms of correspondents worldwide.”
standard Commie propaganda .
They are in trouble .
Where is WHO shutting this country down ?
I bristle hearing “at all costs” from a country that still reveres history’s greatest mass murderer.
Is Coronavirus an even bigger threat to ecosystems and Capitalism than Climate Change!?
We only have eleven years left from Climate Apocalypse, but this new threat seems like we only have eleven weeks left!
Won't some teenager come and lead us away from this fate!?
You people are destroying my adulthood. How dare you!?
Insane to send these exposed people back to SF .
Where is the WH to stop this insanity from the state dept fools .
News... appropriate. :D
Life is of paramount importance. This has been seen clearly in the work by the Communist Party of China during its seven decades of governance in the new China.
Stop eating bats and all is good.
“Life is of paramount importance. This has been seen clearly in the work by the Communist Party of China during its seven decades of governance in the new China. Putting people’s lives first has always been a priority”
I didn’t know the CCP did comedy.
I'm sure they're more than aware of what's happening at the state department and 'all required steps will be taken' - you know, getting people to promise not to go to Disneyland as soon as they reach the US, things like that. Diplomats and connected people will of course follow completely all these requirements to protect the United States...
But honestly, there are hundreds of already exposed people in the United States. The risk to the general population by this plane load in totality is likely less than say a single college student returning from visiting family.
Xinhua is the Chinese central news agency. Its been around since the 1920s and it can be tied with the Russian TASS as the largest news agency in the world.
For information about events in mainland China, its of national importance because of its connection with the centers of powers in the country, ranging from the Communist Party to the central government.
China firm to win anti-virus battle at all cost
Probably what started the outbreak in the first place.
SARS killed about 800 worldwide. I wonder how many will die simply because the city has been sealed off from the outside world.
Greatest mass genocide in history, starvation under Mao
Even beat Stalin
But communism ...
Climate change will be used as an excuse for this pandemic
I give it 3 days or less
Wait until it hits Central America and we are demanded to open our borders
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