China mourns victims of COVID-19 in three minutes silence

China mourns victims of COVID-19. Photo: South China Morning Post

China held three minutes of silence during Tomb Sweeping Day on Saturday for people who have died in the COVID-19 outbreak.

During the national mourning event, national flags across China and at Chinese embassies and consulates abroad were lowered to half-mast, and public entertainment activities halted.

The three minutes of silence started on time at 10 am (0200 GMT).

At the same time, car horns honked, trains and ships sounded their whistles, and air defence alarms went off.

The event is intended to honour “martyrs and dead compatriots killed in the fight against the new coronavirus epidemic,” the State Council said on Friday.

Tomb Sweeping Day is an annual Chinese holiday during which families gather to honour…

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