Hubei, the central China province hardest hit by novel coronavirus, is now clear of COVID-19 cases as the final 12 patients in its provincial capital of Wuhan left hospital on April 26.
Arduous efforts have brought a decisive outcome to the fight of defending Hubei and Wuhan, and the nationwide battle against the epidemic has gained major strategic achievements.
How has China done it?
The following key words may shed some light.
DO ALL IT TAKES TO CONTAIN THE EPIDEMIC
President Xi Jinping stresses putting people's life and health as the top priority and placing the people's interests above everything else. After the outbreak of COVID-19, China has done whatever it takes to save lives by improving the recovery rate and reducing mortality to the greatest extent.
THE WHOLE NATION FIGHTING AS ONE
Mobilizing the whole nation, China fought "a people's war" against the outbreak. More than 42,000 medical workers from across the country were dispatched to Hubei. Workers nationwide rushed to Wuhan to build hospitals from scratch. Resources and supplies were pooled from four directions…
COLLECTIVE, COORDINATED RESPONSE
China adopts collective prevention and control mechanisms. With President Xi in command and making arrangements in person, Party committees and governments at all levels resolutely follow the unified command, coordination and dispatch of the CPC Central Committee.
PUT HARD-HIT CITIES UNDER LOCKDOWN
China began a 76-day lockdown of outbound channels in Wuhan on Jan. 23, and the situation started to improve. Wuhan people showed the highest degree of discipline and self-sacrifice, stayed in their separate homes, but stood united.
SPECIAL CARE FOR THE AGED AND CHILDREN
It is a Chinese tradition to respect and support the elderly and to protect and take good care of the young. China spared no efforts to save the infected, old and young. The overall cure rate of COVID-19 patients aged above 80 in Wuhan is nearly 70 percent. Seven centenarians in Wuhan were discharged from hospital, the oldest was 108. Across the country, several babies also recovered, the youngest was a 2-month-old girl.