Commentary: China's zero increase in coronavirus infection a positive sign for world

Source: Xinhua| 2020-03-19 20:42:56|Editor: huaxia

People enjoy sunset on a plank road at the Donghu Lake in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, March 18, 2020. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

China's tactics and methods in controlling the virus have continued to deliver positive results.

BEIJING, March 19 (Xinhua) -- China's report of no new local infections of the novel coronavirus in the mainland for the first time is a positive sign amid the news of sharply increasing infections worldwide.

No new infections of the novel coronavirus were reported Wednesday in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, and Hubei Province. The Chinese mainland reported 34 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, however, all were imported from overseas.

The progress highlights China's continually improving trend in its prevention and control of COVID-19 despite a growing challenge of imported cases from abroad. It shows China's tactics and methods in controlling the virus have continued to deliver positive results.

With a unified and highly efficient command system, the country has launched a people's war against the epidemic featuring full mobilization, transparency, timely activation and adjustment of response levels by provinces, a model of early detection, reporting, isolation and treatment and orderly resumption of production with targeted preventive moves.

In less than two months, China has efficiently contained the spread of the deadly virus with unprecedented measures including the lockdown of Wuhan and mobilization of medical resources nationwide. The 1.4 billion people have pulled together as one to tackle the tough task.

The measures that China has adopted are law-based, scientific and well-targeted. The country has given play to its technological strength to rapidly identify the virus, advance vaccine development and raise testing capacities in a very short time.

People wearing face masks are seen in Rome, Italy, on March 18, 2020. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua)

The epidemic situation both in and outside China remains complex and severe. The Chinese mainland still had 7,263 COVID-19 patients in hospitals as of Wednesday. The world faces a vital fight against the pandemic as the number of infections in other countries has exceeded 110,000, outnumbering that of China.

As a community with a shared future, the globe needs more solidarity, communication, responsibility and action than ever. What China has done can serve as a reference for those who are confronting the urgent and grave global pandemic.

China has bought the world time by containing the virus. As the country vows to prevent a reversal of the positive trend and clinch a complete victory over the epidemic, it will continue working closely with others and contribute more to the global fight via sharing experience and information and providing help to those in need.