U.S. politicians’ absurd act of scapegoating China won’t change facts-II

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Zhong Sheng,
On Jan. 23, China closed all outbound channels at airports and railway stations of Wuhan, since when
until April 8, there had been no commercial flights departing from or arriving in the city, and no trains
left the city. On Jan. 31, the U.S. government was the first among all foreign countries to announce
suspension of direct flights between China and the U.S. operated by three major U.S. airlines. On Feb. 2,
the country closed its borders to all Chinese citizens and foreigners who had been to China within the
previous 14 days. It seemed that the U.S. thought it can rest easy as long as China was there to prevent
and control the spread of the virus and it cut off air links with China, which has been proven to be
wishful thinking. As facts have shown, the U.S. squandered the nearly two-month time window won by
China. U.S. delay in taking social-distancing measures caused about tens of thousands of people to lose
their lives to the epidemic, according to a research team from Columbia University. Had the U.S. begun
imposing social-distancing measures one week earlier in March, 36,000 fewer people would have died in
the COVID-19 pandemic, and about 83 percent of the country’s deaths would have been avoided,
estimated the research team. Some U.S. people don’t understand why the disease first broke out in
China, but spread all over the world rather than various parts of China. It’s actually quite easy to explain
the reasons to those who really don’t understand, as the whole thing is not that complicated. However,
it’s afraid that some people have already known the answer and just asked the question to mislead the
public. China’s nationwide efforts to fight the epidemic actually refer to travel restrictions across the
country, efforts to put a megacity and a whole province with more than 60 million people under
lockdown, tremendous mobilization and deployment of personnel and materials to help Hubei with its
epidemic fight, free treatment for all COVID-19 patients, regardless of the cost, earnest implementation
of joint prevention and control mechanism in every community and village, and concerted efforts of 1.4
billion people who have voluntarily worn face masks, washed their hands frequently, and avoided
gatherings of people. Inconceivable as they sound for some American people, these are what have
actually happened in China, and also the reasons why the disease didn’t spread in large scale to other
provinces of the country and was impossible to spread beyond its borders. Statistics from several major
Canadian provinces have shown that the novel coronavirus spread in Canada was brought to the country
by U.S. visitors, according to foreign media. Australia explained clearly in March that 80 percent of its
COVID-19 cases have been either imported from overseas or close contacts of these people, with most
of the cases being brought in from the U.S. latest research report released by Tel Aviv University
(TAU) suggested that about 70 percent of Israeli COVID-19 cases had been infected with a novel
coronavirus strain that originated in the U.S. he French research institute Institut Pasteur found that the
virus strain circulating locally in France is of unknown origin. one of the imported COVID-19 cases in
Russia was from China. Singapore’s COVID-19 cases imported from China were less than one tenth of
those from other countries. According to the Japanese National Institute of Infectious Diseases, the
novel coronavirus strain confirmed in Japan since early March was not from China. After researching
strains of novel coronavirus found in different patients, research institutes in the U.S. have reached the
same conclusion that these strains are highly similar to those of the novel coronavirus found in

European visitors. It’s indisputable that by making all-out efforts to fight the COVID-19, China has not
only protected the health and safety of its people, but also contributed to global public health security.
The COVID-19 outbreak has brought about a competition between the virus and sense of responsibility
and courage of countries, and also a major test of morality and conscience. China, while adhering to the
principle of putting people’s lives above everything, submitted an “answer sheet” that has been
marveled at by people around the world. (Zhong Sheng is a pen name often used by People’s Daily to
express its views on foreign policy.)The country has taken a series of decisive measures to prevent and
control the spread of the disease and treat patients, preliminarily curbed the rapid spread of the disease
in over one month, brought its daily number of new confirmed cases at home under ten in about two
months, and made significant achievements in the fight against the virus in Hubei province and its
capital Wuhan while bringing the epidemic under control across the country in around three months. As
a country with 1.4 billion people, it’s hardly easy for China to bring the outbreak under control in such a
short time. Just like many foreign media and international figures commented, China has made
unquestionable achievements in fighting the COVID-19. China’s efforts to fight the epidemic helped
stem further spread of the disease, effectively cut off the transmission chain of the virus, contributing
significantly to the global fight against the epidemic. In fact, since the outbreak of the epidemic, U.S.
politicians have praised China for its epidemic prevention and control measures on many occasions,
saying things including “I think China is very, you know, professionally run in the sense that they have
everything under control,” “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United
States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency,” and “Great discipline is taking place in China,
as President Xi strongly leads what will be a very successful operation.”