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China to hold three minutes of silence for Covid-19 victims

China will hold three minutes of silence during Tomb Sweeping Day on Saturday for people who have died in the coronavirus outbreak. 

China will hold three minutes of silence during Tomb Sweeping Day on Saturday for people who have died in the coronavirus outbreak.

During the national mourning event, national flags across China and at Chinese embassies and consulates abroad will be lowered to half-mast, and public entertainment activities will be halted, the State Council said Friday.

The three minutes of silence will start at 10 a.m. (0200 GMT). At the same time, car horns will honk, trains and ships will sound their whistles, and air defence alarms will go off, the council said.

The event is intended to honour “martyrs and dead compatriots killed in the fight against the new coronavirus epidemic,” it added.

Tomb Sweeping Day is an annual Chinese holiday during which families gather to honour their ancestors and clean their tombs.

China on Friday reported 31 new coronavirus cases, of which 29 were found among citizens returning from abroad. Four new deaths were reported over the past day, all of which occurred in the original epicentre of the outbreak in Hubei province, according to the National Health Commission.

So far, China has counted 81,620 coronavirus cases including 3,322 deaths and 76,571 patients who have recovered.

Cases worldwide have topped 1 million, and deaths exceeded 50,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

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