China publishes coronavirus chronology for the first time

China published for the first time on Monday a detailed chronology of the country’s response to the new type of coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19), giving the main facts and measures it has taken in the joint global efforts against the virus.

Based on media reports and information from the National Health Commission, research institutes and other departments, the chronology provides a summary of China’s efforts to release information in a timely manner, share experiences in preventing and controlling epidemics and advancing exchanges, and international cooperation.

The chronology contains events recorded from late December 2019 to March 2020. This chronology highlights that the COVID-19 epidemic is a major public health emergency that has spread rapidly and has been the most difficult to control since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

With the joint efforts of the whole nation, the positive trend in preventing and controlling the epidemic in China has been continuously consolidated and expanded and the resumption of normal production and daily life has been accelerated, the document says.

The document highlights an “extraordinary challenge” to global public health safety, as pandemics have recently spread rapidly around the world. The new coronavirus epidemic, the report said, has recorded about 3,300 deaths by early April. Of these, 46 doctors and nurses have died in the fight against the epidemic.

Over the past two months, more than 1,500 medical workers in Hubei province have been infected. Thousands of Chinese medical workers went to Wuhan or stayed in their hometown to take part in the fight against the epidemic.

According to data from the World Health Organization, COVID-19 has affected over 208 countries and regions, and to date, more than 1.2 million confirmed cases have been reported with more than 70,000 deaths.

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