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Covid-19: China’s president Xi visits Wuhan amid confidence that virus is under control

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m995 (Published 11 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m995

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  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

China’s leader, Xi Jinping, toured the city of Wuhan on 10 March, appearing to claim at least a provisional victory in the battle to limit the spread of covid-19. The visit came as reported new cases in China continued to plummet and schools reopened in some parts of the country, even in the hardest hit Hubei province.

China reported just 20 new confirmed cases on 10 March, 17 of them in Hubei province and the other three in Beijing, Guangdong, and Hong Kong. Over each of the previous five days China had reported 143 new confirmed cases, followed by 146, 102, 46, and 45. On 11 March the country reported 24 cases.

Citing China’s declining rate of new infections, Xi suggested that a corner had been turned in the “people’s war” against the virus.

“Hubei and Wuhan have been the decisive battleground in this struggle to contain the epidemic,” he said in remarks …

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