China has passed “an extraordinary and historic test” with its handling of the coronavirus. President Xi Jinping said Tuesday at a triumphant awards ceremony for medical professionals decorated with bugle calls and applause. The nation’s propaganda machine has churned out praise for China’s Covid-19 response. It was reframing the public health crisis as an example of the agility and organization of the Communist leadership.
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Xi JINPING gives out gold medals to four “heroes” from the medical field in front of hundreds of applauding delegates on Tuesday, all wearing face masks and sizeable red flower pins.”We have passed an extraordinary and historical test,” Xi said, praising the country for a “heroic struggle” against it.
“We achieved initial success in the people’s war against the coronavirus. We are leading the world in economic recovery and the fight against Covid-19.”
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China has come under intense global scrutiny over its response to the virus, with the United States and Australia leading accusations against Beijing that it covered the virus’s origins and severity.
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Tuesday’s lavish ceremony in the Great Hall of the People began with a minute’s silence for those who lost their lives during the outbreak.The four awardees included 83-year-old Zhong Nanshan — the country’s most famous medical expert who emerged as the face of China’s fight against the contagion.
He rewards China’s top national medal by Xi Jinping, who placed it around Zhong’s neck.”We will join hands with the world’s medical workers to continue fighting in tracing the origins of the virus,” said Zhong. Beijing has insisted the source of the virus — which first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year — is still unknown.
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Three others get the honorary title of “The People’s Hero” — biochemical expert Chen Wei, the head of a hospital in Wuhan, and a 72-year-old expert in traditional Chinese medicine. Some delegates were in tears during a series of speeches.But, there was no mention of whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang, who was among the first to remain silent for raising the alarm about the outbreak and later died from the disease.
Before the ceremony, state broadcaster CCTV showed a video montage of Wuhan at the peak of the outbreak set to rousing music, including medical staff images in hazmat suits and crowded hospitals. According to official numbers, there have been 4,634 deaths in China from Covid-19. The government has contained the outbreak through a serious of strict lockdowns and travel restrictions.