Chinese President Xi Jinping traveled Tuesday to the city of Wuhan for his first visit since the area became the center of a coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 80,000 people and killed 3,100 in China.
Chinese state media said Xi would be visiting medical workers and patients, as well as inspecting efforts to control the outbreak.
His visit came as health officials reported 19 new cases Tuesday, part of a continuing trend of fewer and fewer infections in China as the virus spreads more rapidly in other countries. About 70% of China's cases have already recovered.
Part of China's response was to lock down large areas to try to prevent the virus from spreading at large gatherings or among travelers going to other areas in the country.
Italy is now taking the same strategy after becoming one of the largest outbreak sites outside of China with more than 9,000 cases and 460 deaths.
The Italian government initially put restrictions on the northern part of the country, but Tuesday brought the start of travel restrictions to the entire country of 60 million people.
Source : VOA