Wuhan in “wartime” state: army seals off city to battle coronavirus outbreak

Wuhan deployed the epidemic measure in early Thursday morning by entering a wartime state to prevent the virus from spreading.

The official statement says:

Enter into a state of wartime in an all-round way, implement wartime measures, and resolutely curb the spread of the epidemic.

Picture above: Chinese soldiers were seen in Wuhan train station to maintain order and stop people from leaving the city.

The announcement in the picture above says:

Breaking news: Chinese Central Theater Command Assists Wuhan in Sealing off the City

According to domestic news, the Central Military Commission has ordered the central theater to assist Wuhan in sealing off the city to prevent any instability among the people due to panic. 

The officers and soldiers have been equipped with sufficient chemical protection equipment to enter the epidemic area. They took an oath before the mission in high spirit: “We are the first to battle. We are invincible!” All officers and soldiers will carry forward the fine tradition of no-fear-of-suffering and no-fear-of-death, and resolutely complete the Central Military Commission’s task to seal off the city.

Infantry mechanized equipment, Dongfeng Iron Armored Off-Road Vehicles, armored personnel carriers and light tanks will be put into practical use. Strictly guard and defend with our lives, resolutely ensure that all kinds of important roadblocks are not breached. 

Picture above: Changjiang Daily

According to Chinese Newspaper Changjiang Daily:

Wuhan deployed the epidemic measure in early Thursday morning by entering a wartime state to prevent the epidemic from spreading

In the early morning of January 23, Ma Guoqiang, Deputy Secretary of the Hubei Provincial Party Committee, Secretary of the Wuhan Municipal Party Committee, and Commander of the Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters, hosted a new video coronavirus-infected pneumonia epidemic prevention and control headquarters commander meeting and working video conference to deploy epidemic prevention and control work.

The meeting emphasized the need to thoroughly implement the spirit of Chinese leaders’ important instructions, implement the instructions issued by Premier Li Keqiang and the executive meeting of the State Council, and strictly implement the Hubei Provincial Party Committee and Provincial Government’s deployment of the requirements for emergency response to public health emergencies in Hubei Province. Enter into a state of wartime in an all-round way, implement wartime measures, and resolutely curb the spread of the epidemic.

Zhou Xianwang, deputy secretary of Wuhan Municipal Party Committee, mayor and commander of epidemic prevention and control headquarters, attended the meeting.

The conference examined the current situation of epidemic prevention and control and made deployments: the city’s urban buses, subways, ferries, and long-distance passenger transportation are temporarily suspended; the airport and railway station corridors are temporarily closed to prevent the epidemic from spreading to other regions.

The meeting emphasized that party members and leading cadres must take the lead in setting a good example, strictly implement the system of on-duty standby and fully engage in combat. The role of community grid members should be brought into full play, and each household should be publicized in place to prevent and cure the masses, isolate the homes, watch the neighbors, and block the channels of transmission.

It is necessary to effectively ensure the normal life of residents and ensure the normal operation of urban water, electricity, gas, and communications. It is necessary to make full use of the micro-neighborhood platform, improve the detection and delivery mechanism of fever patients in the community, and reduce cross-infection. All districts should strengthen territorial management, implement a system of responsibility for guarantees, carry out detailed work, ensure timely detection and disposal of epidemic conditions, and control the source of infection. It is necessary to improve the ability of fever diagnosis and treatment, coordinate resources, beds, promote “7 + 7” treatment measures, and further strengthen medical treatment.

In the early morning of January 23, 2020, Wuhan City Epidemic Prevention and Control Command issued the first notice. At 10 am this morning, the city’s bus, subway, ferry, and long-distance passenger transport operations were suspended, and the airport and railway station from the Han corridor are temporarily closed.

Video above: Army guarding the Wuhan train station

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Jan. 22, 2020