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Xi orders all-China response to Wuhan coronavirus

Foreign governments ready to evacuate citizens from center of outbreak

Chinese President Xi Jinping: The central government has asserted control of the coronavirus response amid rising criticism of initial missteps.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China's central government has taken greater control over containing the new coronavirus outbreak amid rising criticism over the initial response by local authorities.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, chairing a meeting Saturday of the Politburo Standing Committee -- the Communist Party's top decision-making body -- said that "life is of paramount importance."

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