More on Covid-19Coronavirus pandemic: Complete Coverage21-day lockdown: What will stay open and what won'tHow to quarantine yourself at homeTrust the newspaper for your daily verified newsAt 10am (0200 GMT) Beijing time, the country observed three minutes of silence to mourn those who died, including frontline medical workers and doctors.
4 de abril de 2020, 8:32Beijing, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) China lives today a day of mourning that unifies its entire population in a tribute to more than 3,300 people who lost their lives since last December due to Covid-19.
Tomb Sweeping Day is an annual Chinese holiday during which families gather to honour their ancestors and clean their tombs. The country on Friday reported 19 new cases-most of them were linked to foreign travel.
In Beijing, President Xi Jinping led other top officials, all dressed in black suits with white carnations, as they bowed before a flag at half-staff in the leadership compound of Zhongnanhai.
During the national mourning event, national flags across China and at Chinese embassies and consulates overseas were lowered to half-mast, and public entertainment activities halted.
Starting at 10 am, people across the country will observe three minutes of silence.
Officials said the observance was as a chance to mourn virus "martyrs" - an honorific title bestowed by the government this week on 14 medical workers who died fighting the outbreak.
Some 2,567 people have died in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people located in the middle reaches of the Yangtze river.
In Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and the epicenter of the epidemic, all traffic lights in urban areas turned red at 10 a.m. and all road traffic stopped for three minutes, Reuters reported.
In Wuhan, the hardest-hit city in central China's Hubei Province, various commemoration activities were held in public squares, hospitals, communities and other places. The death toll in the country stands at 3,331 (3,322 from the Chinese mainland, four from Hong Kong and five from Taiwan).