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Publish Date: 9:24 - 11 February 2020
Tehran 11 February _The situation in Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus, is still very grave, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned during a rare visit to frontline medical staff and patients affected by the deadly coronavirus that has killed more than 1,000 people.

China virus death toll passes 1,000; president makes rare visit to coronavirus patientsTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_The Chinese president, who has called the virus a "demon", made the rare public appearance amid the outbreak to meet frontline medical staff at Beijing Ditan hospital, where infected patients are being treated.

Xi called the situation at Wuhan, the virus epicenter, "still very grave", and urged "more decisive measures" to contain the spread of the epidemic, said state broadcaster CCTV.

He has largely kept out of the public eye since the virus outbreak spiraled across the country from Hubei province to infect more than 40,000 people.

He appointed Premier Li Keqiang to lead a group tackling the outbreak, and it was Li who visited ground zero in Wuhan last month.

On Monday Xi put on a blue mask and white surgical gown to meet doctors at the hospital, observe the treatment of patients and speak via video link to doctors in Wuhan, state media said.

He then visited a residential community in central Beijing to "investigate and guide" efforts to contain the epidemic, said CCTV.

Video footage showed Xi having his temperature taken with an infrared thermometer, then speaking with community workers and waving at smiling residents leaning out of their apartment windows.

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