Medical workers pose for photos after seeing cured patients off at Wuchang temporary hospital in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province in March.
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Mme Wu Xi is China’s Ambassador to New Zealand and she has contributed this article. POLITIK is publishing it in the interests of presenting all sides of an issue; in this case the Covid-19 Pandemic. Politik is open to receiving and publishing other points of view on current issues. Email info@frontpage.co.nz for more details.

Through decisive meatures and arduous efforts, both China and New Zealand have successfully contained the COVID-19 virus and onto the track of economic and social recovery. But the global fight against the pandemic is far from over, the international community will face even greater difficulties and challenges. It is important for all nations to forge unity to win this battle. It is also important for countries like China and New Zealand to share experiences and learn from each other so that we can better address the challenges in the future.    

One June. 7th, China issued a white paper on the country’s battle against COVID-19, chronicling our painstaking yet effective efforts to contain the novel coronavirus while sharing our experience for the world to defeat the pandemic.

China’s fight against the COVID-19 epidemic is a shared memory of the 1.4 billion Chinese people. Facing this unknown, unexpected, and devastating disease, China launched a resolute battle to prevent and control its spread. As a major public health emergency, COVID-19 epidemic has spread faster and wider than any other since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, and has proven to be the most difficult to contain.

In an all-out nationwide effort to save as many lives as possible, the Chinese Government has taken the most comprehensive, the strictest and the most thorough prevention and control measures to combat the outbreak. As soon as cases of pneumonia of unknown cause were identified in Wuhan City on December 27th, 2019, China acted immediately to conduct etiological and epidemiological investigations and to stop the spread of the disease, and promptly reported the situation. After community spread and clusters of cases emerged in Wuhan, a nationwide program of epidemic prevention and control was launched. Chinese President Xi Jinping then gave instructions that Wuhan and other places in Hubei Province enforce strict restrictions on the movement of people and outbound travel. To further contain the spread of the disease, all kinds of measures were taken, including building a community-based line of defense, breaking the chains of transmission through early intervention, and strengthening legal safeguards for epidemic prevention and control.

During the Wuhan lockdown, 346 national medical teams and 42,600 medical workers had been dispatched to help Hubei and Wuhan, which was the biggest medical aid operation since the establishment of the PRC. The infected patients were treated in dedicated medical facilities where medical specialists from all over the country and all the necessary medical resources were concentrated. Both traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine were applied. A condition-specific and category-based approach was applied to medical treatment of patients. The costs of treatment for patients were all covered by the government.

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