China’s Xi warns of “new difficulties and challenges” amid rising risk of a second wave

BEIJING, March 6, 2020 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivers an important speech at a symposium on securing a decisive victory in poverty alleviation in Beijing, capital of China, March 6, 2020. (Photo by Ju Peng/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Ju Peng via Getty Images) (Photo Source: CNN)

Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned against the risk of a second wave of infections in the country as the global pandemic continues to spread, state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

In a meeting of the Chinese Communist Party’s top decision-making body Wednesday, the Politburo Standing Committee, Xi said that amid growing downward pressures on the global economy, “unstable and uncertain factors” were increasing.

China’s outbreak of the coronavirus is apparently under control, with few new locally transmitted infections or deaths announced in recent weeks. On Wednesday, the epicenter of the original outbreak, Wuhan, officially ended its lockdown.

“New difficulties and challenges have emerged for China’s work resumption and economic and social development,” Xinhua quoted Xi as saying.

Xi urged Chinese authorities to carefully watch for imported cases from abroad and prevent a resurgence of the outbreak at home, Xinhua reported.