Many people are making a heroic sacrifice for the good of the country. CHINA DAILY
Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province, is usually a bustling city during Spring Festival. All corners of the city rang with the cries of vendors, the laughter of friends and the music of busy bars and restaurants. However, things went very differently this year due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
On Jan 23, Wuhan was locked down to control the spread of the virus. The transport hub of more than 10 million people temporarily closed its airports, rail stations and all main roads out of town, as well as suspended public buses and subways.
The closure was “a very difficult decision” in the words of Wang Xiaodong, governor of Hubei province. Talking to China Daily, he said: “What we are most worried about is the inconvenience to people’s daily life. Our hope is to exchange short-term difficulties for long-term peace and safety as soon as possible.”
Without doubt, the lockdown has brought hardship to the people of Wuhan. According to Xinhua News Agency, the city has suffered a shortage of vegetables, masks, safety goggles, medical workers and beds for the infected. But in the face of a viral outbreak, a quarantine is the most effective and immediate method to prevent a more serious situation from developing. Before and during the Spring Festival, controlling the flow of crowds was a key issue.
In order to solve the problems in Wuhan, the local market supervision administration increased its efforts to ensure food supply and stabilize market prices. Meanwhile, the central government sent more than 30,000 medical workers from around China to Wuhan. Two new hospitals — Huoshenshan Hospital and Leishenshan Hospital － were completed in 10 days, with the labor of more than 4,000 workers.
President Xi Jinping has said “Wuhan is a heroic city and people of Hubei and Wuhan are heroic people who have never been crushed by any difficulty and danger in history.”
All of these measures have paid off. According to China Daily, the number of newly infected patients outside Hubei had reduced for 15 consecutive days on Chinese mainland as of Feb 18.
To some extent, “the idea of sacrificing one’s self for a greater, national goal is deeply embedded in Chinese culture,” Bloomberg noted. This spirit of shared sacrifice may explain why Wuhan citizens are willing to follow the rules, staying in their city to protect the whole nation.