On Saturday, China mourned the thousands of “martyrs” who died in the new coronavirus outbreak. They hoisted the national flag on half-masts across the country and suspended several entertainment activities.
Mourning day coincides with the start of the annual Qingming Tomb Sweeping Festival, and millions of Chinese families pay tribute to their ancestors every year.
At 10 a.m. Beijing time (0200 GMT), the country held three minutes of silence in mourning for the victims, including primary care personnel and doctors. Cars, trains and ships sounded horns and air raid alarms.
Official media reported that in Zhongnanhai, the regime’s seat in Beijing, President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders paid their silence for the national flag, with white flowers on their breasts as a sign of compassion.
Statistics from the National Health Council show that in March last year, more than 3,300 people in mainland China died of AIDS.
In Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province and the outbreak center, all traffic lights in the urban area turned red at 10:00 AM and all road traffic stopped for three minutes.