During his interview with the CCP’s official TV Station – CCTV on January 23rd, the Governor of Hubei Province, Wang Xiaodong said: “We have sufficient material reserves and market supplies on goods.” But in reality, the hospital doctors could not receive basic medical supplies to protect themselves effectively against viruses. And the protection gowns they received had such poor quality that seams were just torn up as soon as they put them on. As for the local people who could not receive proper treatments. Some of them were just buried alive, and some got cremated right away even before their loved ones could pay them a visit.
Journalist: Right now we are at the Spring Festival season, and Wuhan is also a big city with a population of 10 million. How did you make such a big decision to close the roads and channels for any departing from Wuhan City.
Wang Xiaodong: Right now, we are at a very crucial moment on fighting against the New Coronavirus SARS epidemic at Wuhan City, Hubei Province. We must resolutely curb the spread of the epidemic and stop the overspreading of the epidemic. This is a great responsibility we must take. So Wuhan is a big city with more than 10 million people and a transportation hub across the country. It is also coupled with a large number of people moving during the Spring Festival, which brings great risks to the spread of the epidemic. It was a very difficult decision when Wuhan City decided to close all the roads and channels for any departing from Wuhan City. What we worried about the most is the inconvenience that might have caused to the lives of the Wuhan people. Although Wuhan has taken some corresponding measures to alleviate the inconvenience, there are certainly still many difficulties to face. Our desire is to exchange short-term difficulties for long-term peace in the shortest time possible. So I hope to get everyone’s understanding and support on this decision.
The biggest risk now is the movement of population, so the most important measure is to control the movement of people. If this issue is not resolved, it would continuously pose great risks and greatly harm the lives and health of the people.
Based on today’s situation, the market is somewhat affected and volatile. But I can assure you that we have sufficient material reserves and market supply, Wuhan City has 5 million kilograms of rice, 4,000 tons of cooking oil, and more than 10,000 tons of pork and beef. So some people are worried and wondering if the closure of all the roads and channels for any departing from Wuhan City would affect market supply. No, it wouldn’t, because our supply channels are unaffected. Well, at present, agricultural and its sideline products from Yunnan, Hainan and other places are continuously transported to Wuhan, so the market supply is guaranteed. So we plead that people should not panic. Our Market Supervision Department will also increase their supervision on market price control to ensure the supplies while keeping steady prices. They will crack down on any illegal activities that try to raise prices on goods.