10 Feb 2020

Coronavirus: China’s economy takes huge hit – and President Xi appears in public

International Editor

China’s President Xi Jinping has made a rare appearance on the streets of Beijing – wearing a protective face mask as he greeted residents and staff at a hospital in the capital.

Xi promised more action to contain the virusĀ  and claimed China would strive to meet its economic targets.

But with major businesses moving their production elsewhere, international travel at a standstill and millions of people confined to their homes, the Chinese economy is already taking a huge hit.