A Twitter account named @inmediahk posted a picture saying that Hong Kong legislator He Junxian has been diagnosed positive with Covid-19. This has caused public attention to Xi Jinping’s health because Ho was seen in group photos that included Xi two days ago. However, Beijing remains silent on the incident.

He Junxian, 42, a member of Hong Kong’s largest pro-Beijing political party, was one of about 100 officials who were allowed to get close to Xi for pictures on June 30 afternoon.

He was standing in the middle of the last rows directly behind Xi. Everyone was wearing masks at that time.

He posted on Facebook on July 3, showing that he tested negative on the first day of Xi’s visit. 

According to Hong Kong media reports, unlike in the past, Xi did not shake hands with people from all walks of life but only nodded in greeting.

At the meeting, He Junxian said hello to Xi, who nodded to him.

Two days later, on July 2, he tested positive. He has notified the relevant government departments and self-isolated according to quarantine rule. He is currently in good physical condition. However, for public safety, he did not participate in the activities on July 1.

Xi is the most powerful leader of the Communist Party of China. Therefore, his health is one of the nation’s most sensitive issues. In other words, officials and media have little chance to comment on the incident.

Xi Jinping visited Hong Kong on June 30 to mark the 25th anniversary of the handover from Britain. He then attended the celebration conference on July 1.

This is the first time Xi has left the mainland since the outbreak of the epidemic in 2020. To ensure the event’s smooth progress, the Hong Kong government requires that officials, legislators, and media attending the July 1 event must undergo nucleic acid testing every day and stay in a quarantined hotel before the event.

He Junxian is the second member of the pro-Beijing party to test positive for the virus during Xi Jinping’s visit to Hong Kong. 

Tan Yaozong, a member of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress in Hong Kong, was diagnosed on June 30 and was absent from all July 1-related events.

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