Political advisors suggest setting Wuhan lockdown day as anniversary
Published: Feb 21, 2020 11:25 AM

Aerial photo taken on Jan. 26, 2020 shows the Yellow Crane Pavilion and the Yangtze River Bridge in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province. Many residents here have reduced or avoided outdoor activities during the Spring Festival holiday in Wuhan, the hardest-hit city of the novel coronavirus outbreak in central China. (Xinhua/Xiong Qi)

Several Chinese political advisors have suggested the country should mark the anniversary of the fight against the epidemic as the day that Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei Province – the epicenter of the coronavirus pneumonia outbreak – entered its lockdown, to commemorate those who lost their lives and those who have sacrificed to combat the virus.  

Zhu Zhengfu, a member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), told the Global Times on Friday that he has submitted a proposal to the CPPCC national committee. 

On January 23, Wuhan authorities enforced the city lockdown, which was a first in the history of the People’s Republic of China. 

In the proposal, advisors also suggested building a monument in Wuhan bearing the names of all those who have lost their lives and commending those who fought against the epidemic and made outstanding contributions. 

Medical personnel, civil servants and other people who have sacrificed their lives during the fight against the epidemic are also suggested to be considered martyrs.

The proposal further suggested establishing an anti-epidemic memorial in Wuhan to publicize the heroic deeds that emerged during the fight. 

The proposal aims to commemorate the epidemic’s victims and guide people to remember the suffering, carrying forward the spirit of unity under the strong leadership of the central committee of the Communist Party of China, Zhu said. 

On Tuesday, Chinese authorities rolled out policies to support and award frontline medical workers and their families amid national efforts to tackle the virus that has claimed the lives of seven medical workers and infected a further 3,000.