BEIJING (AP) — The province at the center of China’s virus outbreak is allowing factories and some other businesses to reopen in a show of confidence Beijing is gaining control over the disease that devastated its economy.

The ruling Communist Party is trying to revive the world’s second-largest economy after the most sweeping anti-disease controls ever imposed shut down manufacturing, travel and other industries.

Activity isn't expected to return to normal until at least mid-April.

President Xi Jinping visited the city at the center of the outbreak this week.

A foreign ministry spokesman said the virus's impact is “temporary and limited” and rejected suggestions companies should move out of the country.

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