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Chinese People of All Ethnic Groups Mourn for Martyrs and Compatriots Lost to COVID-19

2020/04/04

National flags flew at half-mast as the whole nation mourned in grief. On 4 April, the Tomb-Sweeping Day, the Chinese people of all ethnic groups across the country mourned for martyrs who made the ultimate sacrifice in the fight against COVID-19 and compatriots who died of the disease.

Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, Han Zheng and Wang Qishan, as well as other Party and state leaders, attended the national mourning in Beijing, capital of China.

The COVID-19 outbreak is a major public health emergency that is fastest spreading, most widely affecting and most difficult to contain since the founding of the People's Republic in 1949. In the bitter fight against the outbreak, a number of health workers, officials and community workers lost their lives in line of duty, and many patients were killed by the disease.

Today, national flags were lowered to half-mast at the Tiananmen Square, the Xinhua Gate, the compounds of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the State Council, the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the Central Military Commission, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate, across the country and at all Chinese embassies and consulates abroad. Public recreational activities were suspended nationwide in commemoration of the martyrs who died fighting COVID-19 and deceased compatriots.

Over the doorway of the Huairen Hall of Zhongnanhai solemnly hung a black banner with the white characters "In Commemoration of Martyrs and Compatriots Lost in COVID-19 Outbreak". Xi Jinping and other leaders arrived with white flowers pinned to the chest and stood in silent tribute facing the national flag.

At 10 o'clock sharp, as the air raid sirens wailed, Xi Jinping and other leaders observed a moment of silence for the martyrs and fellow countrymen who were lost to the outbreak.

Members of the Political Bureau and the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, Vice Chairpersons of the NPC Standing Committee, State Councilors, President of the Supreme People's Court, Procurator-General of the Supreme People's Procuratorate, Vice Chairpersons of the CPPCC National Committee, and members of the Central Military Commission attended the national mourning at their workplaces.

Officials and the general public of all ethnic groups across the country, compatriots in the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions and Taiwan, and overseas Chinese took part in the national mourning in various ways.

(The full text is available at: http://www.xinhuanet.com/politics/leaders/2020-04/04/c_1125813957.htm)

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