Beijing: China’s top leadership has acknowledged that it had failed in containing the coronavirus outbreak. On Monday, a meeting of the country’s Politburo Standing Committee of the ruling Communist Party was convened, which is headed by President Xi Jinping. The statement released after the meeting claimed that the outbreak was a significant test of China’s system and capacity for governance as they accepted failure in its response.
A whopping 425 people have died in the Coronavirus epidemic that started in the city of Wuhan in December. The virus has infected 20,000 people recording more than 3,000 cases in the last 24 hours. At the same time, Chinese agencies informed on Monday that 64 people had died in a single day. China built two special hospitals within fifteen days of the coronavirus outbreak, and the first hospital in Wuhan city became operational on Monday.
China had established its identity as a superpower that posed challenges to the United States and Europe with phenomenal economic progress over the last two decades. The country that had demonstrated its strength to developed western countries, however, has failed in adequately handling an epidemic again. The Chinese government had faced flak in 2003, over the SARS and Bird Flu epidemics. With the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus, history appears to be repeating itself.
Only 24 hours ago, China had accused the United States of spreading panic over the Coronavirus epidemic. Nevertheless, now the country was revealed to have invited a team of medical experts from the United States to find a resolution for containing the outbreak. Remarkably, the Chinese regime released a statement making a rare admission of its ‘shortcomings’, within hours of levelling accusations against the United States.
China has reportedly increased the number of cities under lockdown. The cities of Hangzhou and Taizhou, located hundreds of kilometres away from Wuhan, have also been ordered to be put into lockdown. On the one hand, people from Wuhan have begun to complain, while on the other, the extent of the epidemic is said to be far higher than the figures projected by the government.