Xi salutes all Chinese medical workers in the fight against COVID-19
Millions of medical workers fought on the front line in the battle against COVID-19, risking their lives saving many others. They are the ones who brought light and hope to the nation at a dark time, Chinese President Xi Jinping said at the awarding ceremony in Beijing on Tuesday.
About 540,000 medical workers in Hubei Province were the first to answer the nation's call during the Chinese New Year holiday, followed by 42,000 peers selected from 346 medical teams from hospitals across China to support the local medical system in Wuhan, Xi pointed.
Among them were top experts, military medics, experienced doctors and nurses of various disciplines from the country's best hospitals.
At the initial stage, tens of thousands of healthcare workers across the country devoted themselves to the fight against COVID-19, racing against time to save lives and safeguard people's health and safety.
"I am just a doctor," said Zhong Nanshan, a top respiratory expert who identified the SARS virus in 2003 and has been leading China's efforts in the fight against COVID-19 as Xi quoted Zhong during his speech.
"The nation, the people, and the history will never forget them," said Xi. "Their names will be etched on the monument of the Republic."
When a type of pneumonia with unknown cause was first found in Wuhan last December, there was little knowledge about how it sickened people, how it spread, and what could be the effective treatment. But thanks to months-long arduous efforts, COVID-19 was contained in China by April, with people's lives and work in most places back on track soon after.
As of August, the overall recovery rate of COVID-19 patients was 93.5 percent across China, and that of severe patients and critically ill patients stood at 98.55 percent and 77.44 percent respectively.