Chinese leader reportedly aware of coronavirus earlier than thought

New York Post
Date: February 15, 2020
By: Melissa Klein

President Xi Jinping (center) during an inspection of the center for disease control and prevention of Chaoyang District in Beijing.EPA

Chinese President Xi Jinping was aware of the deadly coronavirus that is ravaging his country much earlier than originally thought, according to a new report.

Xi gave unspecified internal orders about the virus on Jan. 7 during a meeting of the country’s Politburo Standing Committee, according to the New York Times, which noted the remarks came two weeks earlier than his first public comments on Jan. 20.

The revelation came in a speech Xi gave on Feb. 3 that was published Saturday in a Community Party journal.    [FULL  STORY]