China's President visits epicenter of coronavirus outbreak

China's President visits epicenter of coronavirus outbreak

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, today, marking the first time he has done so since the epidemic began late last year.

During his trip to Wuhan, he will "visit and express regards to medical workers, military officers and soldiers, community workers, police officers, officials and volunteers who have been fighting the epidemic on the front line, as well as patients and residents during the inspection," state news agency Xinhua reported.

His arrival in the city, where the virus is believed to have first taken hold, comes after the spread of the virus in mainland China has sharply slowed in the past week and attention has turned to preventing imported infections from overseas hot spots such as Iran, Italy and South Korea, Reuters reported.

Mainland China had 19 new coronavirus infections on Monday, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday, down from 40 a day earlier. It also marked the third straight day of no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases outside of Hubei.

That brings the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China so far to 80,754. As of the end of Monday, the overall death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in China reached 3,136, up by 17 from the previous day.

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