“As far as China is concerned, we are confident that the epidemic will be basically controlled by the end of April.” On the 27th, Academician Zhong Nanshan, the leader of the high-level expert group of the National Health and Medical Commission, was encouraging and reminding: Now is not the time to relax. The day before, the number of newly diagnosed cases in 31 provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government) and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps rebounded, and the number of confirmed cases in Beijing jumped from zero to 10, which really sounded the alarm. With the movement and concentration of people brought back to work, the epidemic prevention and control networks across China will undergo stress testing. At the same time, an unexpected “inflection point”-the increasing number of newly diagnosed cases of new coronary pneumonia outside China has brought new tests in China. Many local governments in China have introduced measures to strictly prevent the “backflow” of overseas epidemics. “This time is also a great lesson,” Zhong Nanshan said on the 27th. If strict prevention and control measures can be taken in early December last year or early January this year, patients will be greatly reduced. On the Internet, two reports exploring the cause of the large-scale outbreak of new coronary pneumonia have also sparked heated discussions. A review article by the Financial Times said that in the long run, what is learned is the key. With respect for life, individuals, businesses and the country cannot “waste” this crisis.
Alarm: The rebound has not passed yet
According to the National Health and Medical Commission’s report on the 27th, as of 24:00 on the 26th, 31 provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities) and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps had reported 433 new confirmed cases. Among them, 409 new cases were confirmed in Hubei (383 in Wuhan). Britain’s Reuters said that compared with the previous day’s 406 cases, China’s new cases outside Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan areas have increased, ending a 5-day downward trend. Outside Hubei, the number had previously dropped to 5 cases. However, the report also noted that 29 new deaths on the day (26 in Hubei, 1 in Beijing, Heilongjiang, and Henan) were significantly lower than the 52 in the previous day, the lowest value since January 28.
Wang Peiyu, deputy dean of the School of Public Health at Peking University, told the Global Times reporter on the 27th that the current general trend in the country is that the number of confirmed and suspected cases is decreasing, but it cannot be a linear decline. Many scholars have predicted that the epidemic situation will return to a peak as large-scale return trips resume production. It should be noted that the rate of return to work in many places is still not high, which means that this round of rebound has not passed.
Why is the national epidemic generally under control, but there are still hundreds of new cases in Hubei, mainly Wuhan? Wang Peiyu told reporters that at present, the newly confirmed cases in Wuhan mainly come from suspected cases. The number of infected people in Wuhan is large, and there are cases of asymptomatic or mild symptomatic infection, and neo-coronary pneumonia is highly contagious as a respiratory infection. Wang Peiyu said that from a few thousand cases a day to hundreds of cases, the situation in Wuhan is improving. But when can we achieve sustained zero growth or single-digit growth, can we say that the epidemic is truly under control.
Outside Hubei, Beijing’s latest epidemic situation is also cause for concern. As of 24:00 on the 26th, 10 new cases were confirmed in Beijing. In the previous 4 days, Beijing maintained a low growth rate of “zero additions” and 1 new case for 3 days. Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of the Beijing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, introduced on the 27th that this was an epidemic of imported units from other provinces. The 10 new confirmed cases were all close contacts of the cases announced on the 25th. The 11 people, including the first case, were all employees who purchased services in a public institution in Beijing.
Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao commented that China’s senior officials have repeatedly requested Beijing to rank Beijing and Hubei as the main battlefields for epidemic prevention and control. In general, the epidemic situation in Beijing is stable, but it is regarded as the most important epidemic prevention area outside Hubei, indicating that it is an important consideration to maintain the image and function of the capital from the epidemic. The epidemic situation around Beijing cannot be ignored. Hebei Province reported 5 new confirmed cases on the 26th, all from Zhangjiakou City. On the 27th, Chen Bei, deputy secretary-general of the Beijing Municipal Government, said at a press conference that currently all personnel in Hubei are not allowed to return to Beijing. After returning to Beijing, personnel from other areas must stay at home or concentrate medical observation for 14 days.
While not easing epidemic prevention work, Chinese society is also striving to resume production and work. For a big city like Beijing, it is not easy to balance the two. According to the “Wall Street Journal” of the United States, according to the population movement data of Japan’s Nomura Securities, it is estimated that more than a third of the people who left Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen to return home for the New Year at the end of January and early February have returned to these city. The newspaper quoted Wu Ge, a former official of the People ’s Bank of China and the current chief economist of Changjiang Securities, as saying how the future epidemic situation can be interpreted, whether companies can resume work in a timely manner, and how to coordinate the epidemic prevention and control with economic development. It has become an important “contradiction facing China” “.
China aids South Korea: “not far away, no man is foreign”
“China has achieved success in fighting the epidemic, but now faces new challenges,” AFP said on the 27th. The challenge is the spread of the new crown virus in more countries around the world. Hundreds of passengers flew to China from South Korea where the epidemic was worsening this week, with fever found on two of them. Ningxia Zhongwei City reported on the 26th that a case of imported neo-coronary pneumonia was returned from Iran, and the fear that the epidemic “returned” was rapidly heating up on Chinese social media.
“Global Times” reporter learned on the 27th from the Iranian ambassador to China that the confirmed case entering Iran from Zhongwei was a Chinese citizen and is currently undergoing treatment. The Iranian embassy stated that this once again shows that the virus has no borders, and strengthening cooperation to fight the new crown virus is a common task of the international community.
The Wall Street Journal said that China is working to prevent people entering from abroad from bringing the crown virus back home. In recent days, several major cities in eastern Shandong Province and Liaoning and Jilin provinces in the northeast have begun stricter health screening of immigrants. In some cases, personnel from countries and regions with severe epidemics have been required to be quarantined. On the 27th, Dalian became the latest city to announce this requirement, and all foreigners and short-term travellers who went to the company (return company) were required to observe for 14 days in isolation.
China’s reasonable prevention and control measures have caused some dissatisfaction. In South Korea, some people think that China has overreacted and did not report any favor to Hantou, and even claimed that it would have a certain impact on the national sentiments of the two countries. In response to a question from the Global Times reporter on the 27th, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian said that some time ago, the new crown pneumonia epidemic broke out in China, and the international community including South Korea was concerned about the spread of the disease in China. Now that the outbreak in South Korea is intensifying, as a close neighbor, the Chinese people are worried about the import of the outbreak, which is understandable. However, we must see that in the face of the epidemic, the governments and peoples of China and South Korea have shown their neighbors who are watching and helping each other.
In the evening of the 27th, more than 25,000 medical masks urgently prepared by the Chinese Embassy in South Korea for the severely infected Daegu City, were shipped from Seoul as a whole. The truck carrying the caring masks drew the famous sentence of Silla Scholar Tang Scholar Cui Zhiyuan, “Not far away, but no foreign country,” and the prominent banner “Danggu, come on! Korea, come on!” “Global Times” reporters learned from the regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that China is also preparing to provide some medical supplies to Japan. The first batch arrived in Japan on the 27th.
The support of friendly countries for China has not stopped. Russia ’s TASS news agency reported on the 27th that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov stated that Moscow will continue to provide political and material support for China to fight the epidemic. According to him, all participants expressed their solidarity and support to Chinese colleagues at the meeting of the Iranian Joint Committee on the Nuclear Issue held in Vienna on the 26th.
“The epidemic is not a black swan”
“It is necessary to say clearly”, Reuters reported on the 27th that a Wuhan woman prisoner who had been released from prison had been diagnosed with new coronary pneumonia, but returned to Beijing on Saturday under the condition of “closing the city”, causing a lot of doubt on the Internet. Chinese authorities responded quickly. On the 26th, with the approval of the Central Political and Legal Commission, the Ministry of Justice led a joint investigation team to investigate this in Hubei. “Voice of Germany” said that China is working hard to check whether there are loopholes in the entire process of epidemic prevention and control. The director of the Supervision Team Office of the Beijing Epidemic Prevention and Control Work Team Xiao Xuan announced on the 27th that the Beijing Municipal Commission for Discipline Inspection and Supervision has established an investigation team. The focus of work will be on how Huang patients will enter Beijing and conduct investigations in the community. The relevant situation will be announced in time. .
According to domestic media reports, the woman involved in the project, Huang Moumou, was a staff member of a water conservancy bureau in Hubei, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption, and her sentence expired on February 17. In the afternoon of the 27th, the Secretary of the Hubei Provincial Party Committee, Yong Yong, emphasized at the meeting of the Standing Committee of the Provincial Party Committee that “grass the situation clearly and never relax prevention and control”. The prison system, detention centers and other units must strictly guard against death, and in principle can only enter and leave.
While plugging loopholes in epidemic prevention and control, China is making every effort to speed up the resumption of production of small, medium and micro enterprises. Reuters reported on the 27th that a press conference on the day of the joint prevention and control mechanism of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China said that after various departments jointly introduced measures including fee reductions, tax reductions and rent reductions, the resumption of SMEs’ production and production rates steadily increased, which has now exceeded 30 %. The German “Spiegel” weekly noticed that companies in China and Germany resumed work. It is reported that Xerox, a German company producing ventilation equipment, has sent tens of thousands of medical masks to factories in Shanghai to provide protection for workers. Due to the acceleration of resumption of work, although the company estimates that it may lose 2 million euros, it is considered manageable.
“The epidemic is not a black swan.” The German newspaper Le Monde commented that China has a greater bearing capacity and a stronger economic base than SARS. Russia’s Vladivostok News Network commented on the 27th that the epidemic would bring a blow to the Chinese economy, but believed that it would return to normal as soon as possible. The Chinese did not panic, they complied with government regulations and worked hard to fight the virus. China is now safer than some countries, and the Chinese people are more closely united by the outbreak.