Fighting Covid-19 China in Action


The State Council Information Office of the Peoples Republic of China in June 2020


I. Chinas Fight against the Epidemic: A Test of Fire

Stage I: Swift Response to the Public Health Emergency

(December 27, 2019-January 19, 2020)

Stage II: Initial Progress in Containing the Virus

(January 20-February 20, 2020)

Stage III: Newly Confirmed Domestic Cases on the Chinese Mainland Drop to Single Digits

(February 21-March 17, 2020)

Stage IV: Wuhan and Hubei An Initial Victory in a Critical Battle

(March 18-April 28, 2020)

Stage V: Ongoing Prevention and Control

(Since April 29, 2020)

II. Well-Coordinated Prevention, Control and Treatment

1. Centralized and Efficient Command

2. A Tight Prevention and Control System Involving All Sectors of Society

3. An All-Out Effort to Treat Patients and Save Lives

4. China Has Released Information in an Open and Transparent Manner as Required by Law

5. Science and Technology Underpin Chinas Efforts

III. Assembling a Powerful Force to Beat the Virus

1. Lives Are Precious

2. Mobilizing the Whole Country to Fight the Epidemic

3. Coordinating Prevention and Control with Social and Economic Development

4. Uniting as One Chinas Billion People

IV. Building a Global Community of Health for All

1. China Appreciates Support from the International Community

2. China Conducts Active International Exchanges and Cooperation

3. International Solidarity and Cooperation in Fighting the Pandemic


    The Covid-19 global pandemic is the most extensive to afflict humanity in a century. A serious crisis for the entire world, and a daunting challenge, it poses a grave threat to human life and health.

    This is a war that humanity has to fight and win. Facing this unknown, unexpected, and devastating disease, China launched a resolute battle to prevent and control its spread. Making peoples lives and health its first priority, China adopted extensive, stringent, and thorough containment measures, and has for now succeeded in cutting all channels for the transmission of the virus. 1.4 billion Chinese people have exhibited enormous tenacity and solidarity in erecting a defensive rampart that demonstrates their power in the face of such natural disasters.

    Having forged the idea that the world is a global community of shared future, and believing that it must act as a responsible member, China has fought shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the world. In an open, transparent, and responsible manner and in accordance with the law, China gave timely notification to the international community of the onset of a new coronavirus, and shared without reserve its experience in containing the spread of the virus and treating the infected. China has great empathy with victims all over the world, and has done all it can to provide humanitarian aid in support of the international communitys endeavors to stem the pandemic.

    The virus is currently wreaking havoc throughout the world. China grieves for those who have been killed and those who have sacrificed their lives in the fight, extends the greatest respect to those who are struggling to save lives, and offers true moral support to those who are infected and receiving treatment. China firmly believes that as long as all countries unite and cooperate to mount a collective response, the international community will succeed in overcoming the pandemic, and will emerge from this dark moment in human history into a brighter future.

    To keep a record of Chinas efforts in its own fight against the virus, to share its experience with the rest of the world, and to clarify its ideas on the global battle, the Chinese government now releases this white paper.

I. Chinas Fight against the Epidemic: A Test of Fire

    The Covid-19 epidemic is a major public health emergency. The virus has spread faster and wider than any other since the founding of the Peoples Republic in 1949, and has proven to be the most difficult to contain. It is both a crisis and a major test for China. The Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese government have addressed the epidemic as a top priority, and taken swift action. General Secretary Xi Jinping has taken personal command, planned the response, overseen the general situation and acted decisively, pointing the way forward in the fight against the epidemic. This has bolstered the Chinese peoples confidence and rallied their strength. Under the leadership of the CPC, the whole nation has followed the general principle of remaining confident, coming together in solidarity, adopting a science-based approach, and taking targeted measures, and waged an all-out peoples war on the virus.

    Through painstaking efforts and tremendous sacrifice, and having paid a heavy price, China has succeeded in turning the situation around. In little more than a single month, the rising spread of the virus was contained; in around two months, the daily increase in domestic coronavirus cases had fallen to single digits; and in approximately three months, a decisive victory was secured in the battle to defend Hubei Province and its capital city of Wuhan. With these strategic achievements, China has protected its peoples lives, safety and health, and made a significant contribution to safeguarding regional and global public health.

    As of 24:00 of May 31, 2020, a cumulative total of 83,017 confirmed cases had been reported on the Chinese mainland, 78,307 infected had been cured and discharged from hospital, and 4,634 people had died. This demonstrates a cure rate of 94.3 percent and a fatality rate of 5.6 percent (see charts 1, 2, 3 and 4).

    Chinas fight against the epidemic can be divided into five stages.