President XI Makes First Public Appearance Since Outbreak

Chinese leader Xi Jinping wore a face mask and a surgical gown on a visit to a hospital treating coronavirus patients today. 

The Chinese president, who has largely kept out of the public eye since the outbreak began, had his temperature checked as he met doctors at a hospital in Beijing. 

He also spoke via video link to medics in Wuhan, the quarantined city at the center of the outbreak. 

China has already imposed drastic quarantine measures but Xi promised today that the government would take more decisive action to contain the virus.  

Xi, who has called the virus a ‘demon’, appointed premier Li Keqiang to take the lead on the virus outbreak and it was Li who visited ground zero Wuhan last month.

But the president was back on public view today as he inspected efforts by community workers in Beijing to contain the virus.  

China’s leader had his temperature taken with an infrared thermometer before waving to nearby residents in their apartments, footage on state media showed.  (If that was even him, most likely a body double)

Vowing to win the battle against the outbreak, Xi said China would take further action to stop the spread of the virus which has killed more than 900 people. 

The outbreak has prompted unprecedented action by the Chinese government, including locking down entire cities and telling hundreds of millions of people to stay indoors.

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