China’s Xi frets about COVID-19 in rural areas, sees ‘light ahead’


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Passengers wait to board trains at Shanghai's Hongqiao Railway Station during the annual Spring Festival travel rush ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Shanghai, China, on Jan. 18.ALY SONG/Reuters President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday he was particularly concerned about China’s COVID-19 wave spreading to rural areas with poor medical facilities but he urged perseverance in stressful times, saying “light is ahead.” His comments came as millions of urban workers were travelling back to their home towns and reunite with families for the Lunar New Year (LNY) holidays, known before COVID-19 as the greatest annual migration of people....