CCTV+BATIE GHAR （巴铁之家）The COVID-19 outbreak is a major public health emergency that has spread fast in the country, causing the most extensive infections since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The epidemic is also the most difficult to contain in the country so far.
As of 18:00 on Jan. 20, a total of 224 COVID-19 cases had been reported in China, 217 of which were confirmed cases. And 198 cases were in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province.
It’s both a crisis and a big test.
On Jan. 20, President Xi Jinping gave important instructions, ordering heightened attention and all-out prevention and control efforts.
“I have been personally commanding and deploying the disease prevention and control work,” he said.
Since late January, the epidemic in Hubei Province developed rapidly.
On Jan. 25, China held a top-level meeting on the outbreak and confidence in winning the battle was expressed. The meeting made further study of the situation and adopted new arrangements on issues related to the treatment of patients.
Xi chaired six top-level meetings on epidemic and prevention and control work within 40 days from Jan. 25 to March 4, an unprecedented frequency.
Xi, also chairman of the Central Military Commission, approved the transfer of 1,400 army medics to the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan to treat patients starting from Feb. 3. An additional 2,600 army medics were later sent to Wuhan to help.
“We are living up to the army values at a time when our country needs us. It’s our obligation,” said a military medical worker.
On Feb. 10, Xi inspected the COVID-19 prevention and control work in Beijing.
“Hello, everyone. Let’s not shake hands in this special time. We must be confident in overcoming the difficulties,” Xi talked with residents in Anhuali Community in Chaoyang District.
“We will win ! ” the residents responded.
Xi pointed out that, Hubei, especially Wuhan, should be the top priorities in epidemic prevention and control. Wuhan is the key to winning the war against COVID-19. If Wuhan wins, Hubei wins. If Hubei wins, the whole country wins.
“The Chinese people are now fighting a very serious battle against the epidemic. For the Chinese government, the people’s safety and health always come first,” he said.
On Feb. 3, Xi stressed that the country needs a unified strategy to control the disease.
When Hubei needed medical supplies, companies from across the country started producing and dispatching them.
Xi’s instructions also inspired all the medical staff from across the country and more than 40,000 medics were sent to support Hubei.
“Here on behalf of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, I pay my highest respect and extend my sincere thanks to you, to all the medical workers who are combating the epidemic across the country,” Xi said during his inspection in Beijing on Feb 10.
On March 2, Xi inspected the scientific research of COVID-19 in Beijing.
Xi took part in a field investigation at the Academy of Military Medical Sciences and Tsinghua University to learn about the progress in the vaccine research, pathological research, and detection technology.
He said the most powerful weapon to fight the disease is science and technology.
At the Academy of Military Medical Sciences, the research team led by academician Chen Wei acted quickly upon receiving the order, and began conducting scientific research around the clock.
The team has mad important achievements in its research of a vaccine.
“We must keep the leader’s request in mind and strive to, in the shortest time, develop a COVID-19 vaccine for clinical use,” said Chen Wei.
Xi said the outbreak of COVID-9 will inevitably have a relatively serious impact on the economy and society, but it’s even more important to view China’s development from a comprehensive, dialectical and long-term perspective, and to strengthen the confidence.
A passenger aboard a train said, “I want to make money and be healthy.”
“I have got all my strength back. I’ve wanted to return to work for a long time,” said another.
“I’ve never had such a long vacation, but I have built up my energy and will concentrate on my work,” said a man, also on the train.
The state enterprises have resumed work and production based on their locations and scales.
To date, more than 90 percent of these enterprises have resumed normal operation.
With the season of spring farming around the corner, governments at all levels around the country are taking measures to contain the epidemic while facilitate production.
“I believe, if we firm up our confidence, work together, and contain the epidemic scientifically by implementing specific policies, we will surely defeat this epidemic,” said Xi.
The Chinese nation has experienced many ordeals in its history, but it has never been overwhelmed. Instead, it has become more courageous and more mature, rising up from the hardships, Xi said.