China observed Mourning Day on Saturday remembering the martyrs who died in fight against the fatal Covid-19 pandemic, reports UNB.
During the commemoration, national flags flew half-mast across the country and in all Chinese embassies and consulates overseas and public recreational activities have been suspended across the country.
At 10 a.m., people across the country fell silent for three minutes to mourn the coronavirus victims, while cars, trains and ships sounded their horns. Among them was Dr. Li Wenliang, who was threatened with punishment by police after publicizing news of the outbreak but has since been listed among the national "martyrs".
Cases of the deadly pathogen were first reported in the central Chinese province of Hubei late last December, and the virus has since spread rapidly and claimed over 3,200 lives in China alone.
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President Xi Jinping led the gesture at a ceremony in Beijing, dressed in black and surrounded by the most prominent members of the Chinese Communist Party. There was a nurse who died and she was quite young, she was 29 years old.
Public recreational activities were suspended across the country to express deep condolences of the people of all ethnic groups for the martyrs and compatriots.
The COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 60,000 people worldwide.
The commemoration also comes on the traditional Qingming festival, when Chinese visit the graves of their ancestors.
China's ancient tomb-sweeping day festival has changed this year, especially in Wuhan.