Xi visits Wuhan as virus cases drop in China

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Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the country’s Wuhan province on Tuesday, his first visit to the region hardest-hit by a coronavirus outbreak that has since spread across the world.

Reuters and The Associated Press reported that Xi arrived in Wuhan early Tuesday morning, where he is expected to meet with first responders, medical personnel and other officials dealing with the outbreak.

China reported fewer than 20 new confirmed cases of the virus Tuesday morning, a sign that infections may be dropping as authorities work to contain its spread. The last of China’s 16 temporary hospitals set up to deal with the outbreak reportedly closed this week due to a lack of patients.

“Wuhan must prevail, Hubei must prevail, all of China must prevail,” Xi told viewers through a video message, according to the AP.

More than 60 million people are reportedly under lockdown in China to avoid further spreading the disease, which has reached more than 115,000 confirmed cases globally and has caused thousands of deaths, many inside China.

Several U.S. politicians announced this week that they would self-quarantine to avoid transmission of the disease after interacting with an individual at a conservative conference who later tested positive for the virus.

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