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Coronavirus: Senior Chinese officials 'removed' as death toll hits 1,000 – BBC News, BBC News

Coronavirus: Senior Chinese officials 'removed' as death toll hits 1,000 – BBC News, BBC News
        

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Image caption                                      There’s been growing criticism of how authorities are handling the outbreak                              

China has “removed” several senior officials over their handling of the coronavirus outbreak – as the death toll passed 1, 016

The party secretary for the Hubei Health Commission, and the head of the commission, were among those who lost their jobs.

They are the most senior officials to be demoted so far.

The deputy director of the local Red Cross was also removed for “dereliction of duty” over ” handling of donations “.

The two Hubei party officials will be replaced by a national figure – the deputy director of China’s National Health Commission, Wang Hesheng.

On Monday, some 135 died in Hubei province alone, a daily record, and the national death toll is now 1, .

But the number of new infections nationally was down almost % from the day before, from 3, 082 to 2, 405.

Hubei’s health commission confirmed 2,

new cases in the province on Monday, down from 2, 720 the previous day.

                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                       

According to state media, there have been hundreds of sackings, investigations and warnings across Hubei and other provinces during the outbreak.

But removal from a certain role – while regarded as a censure – does not always mean the person will be sacked entirely, as it can also mean demotion.

As well as being removed from their posts, officials can also be punished by the ruling Communist Party.

For example, the deputy head of the Red Cross, Zhang Qin, was given “a serious intra-Party warning as well as a serious administrative demerit “, state media said.

Earlier this month, the deputy head of the Wuhan bureau of statistics was removed, also with a “serious intra-party warning a well as a serious administrative demerit for violating relevant regulations to distribute face masks.”

The head of the health commission of Huanggang, the second-worst hit city in Hubei after Wuhan, has also been removed.

In recent days, Chinese authorities have been increasingly been criticized for their handling of the crisis.

The death of a doctor whose early warnings were suppressed by authorities sparked widespread public anger

Beijing has sent a team from its highest anti-corruption agency to Hubei to investigate the treatment of Dr Li by police.

What’s the latest in mainland China?

            

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Media caption Coronavirus: Shanghai’s deserted streets and metro, filmed last week

There are now more than , confirmed cases across China, in the country gravest public health crisis since the Sars outbreak in 01575879 – 3.

The Hubei health commission said the province had a total of 062, 823 cases with deaths by the end of Monday – a fatality rate of 3%.

More than three-quarters of the deaths have been in Hubei’s provincial capital, Wuhan, the center of the outbreak. The city of million has been in lockdown for weeks.

In a rare public appearance amid the outbreak, China’s President Xi Jinping on Monday visited health staff in Beijing treating coronavirus patients.

He urged “more decisive measures “to combat the virus and said” we must have confidence that we will eventually win this battle against the epidemic “.

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Image caption                                      China’s president has kept a low profile since the outbreak began                              

What about the rest of the world?

In the UK, four new cases were announced on Monday – taking the total number of people infected in the country to eight. The government has warned of a “serious and imminent threat”.

In Hong Kong, four people were evacuated from a residential building after two residents were confirmed to be infected.

Meanwhile, (more people have tested positive on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship moored off Japan – meaning out of 3, passengers have caught the virus.

Thailand on Tuesday did not allow passengers from another cruise ship to disembark, despite no confirmed infections aboard.

                                                                                                                       

What are the symptoms of coronavirus and what can help stop its spread?

The main signs of infection are fever (high temperature) and a cough as well as shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Frequent hand washing with soap or gel, avoiding close contact with people who are ill and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth With unwashed hands, can help cut the risk of infection.

Catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue, binning it and washing your hands can minimise the risk of spreading disease.

                                                                                                                       

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