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Xi Trip to Hong Kong in Doubt After Top Officials Get Covid

  • Ministers in next cabinet, Erick Tsang, Eric Chan, have Covid
  • Every Chinese leader since 1997 attended July 1 inauguration
A video featuring Xi Jinping at an exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule in Hong Kong on June 22.

A video featuring Xi Jinping at an exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule in Hong Kong on June 22.

Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg
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President Xi Jinping’s rumored visit to Hong Kong to mark the city’s 25th anniversary of Chinese rule is in doubt after top officials in the city came down with Covid.

Two senior members of incoming Chief Executive John Lee’s cabinet -- including his No. 2 -- have tested positive for the virus, the government revealed in a Thursday statement. Lee and his government are due to be sworn in on July 1, at a ceremony that the Chinese leader has been widely tipped to attend.