China honours victims with three minutes of reflection

China came to a standstill to mourn patients and medical staff killed by the coronavirus as the world's most populous country observed a nationwide three-minute silence, SIA reports.

At 0200GMT, citizens paused, cars, trains and ships sounded their horns, and air-raid sirens rang out in memory of the more than 3,000 lives claimed by the virus in China.

In Wuhan – the city where the virus first emerged late last year – sirens and horns sounded as people fell silent in the streets.

State media showed Chinese President Xi Jinping and other government officials standing outside a Beijing government compound, wearing white flowers. And in the capital's Tiananmen Square, the national flag flew at half-mast, surrounded by heavier-than-normal security.

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