Several senior Chinese officials have been removed by China due to their handling of the outbreak of coronavirus as the death toll hits more than 1,000.
Amongst those who lost their jobs is the party secretary for the Hubei Health Commission, and the head of the commission
And these are most senior officials to be relegated so far
The local Red Cross deputy director was also removed for “negligence of duty” over “handling of donations”.
The deputy director of China’s National Health Commission, Wang Hesheng, will be replacing the two Hubei party officials
As recorded on Monday, 103 died in Hubei province alone, a daily record which makes the national death toll 1016
But the sum of new infections nationally was down almost 20% from the day before, from 3,062 to 2,478.
On Monday Hubei’s health commission confirmed 2,097 new cases in the province, down from 2,618 the previous day.
There have been hundreds of sackings, investigations, and warnings across Hubei and other provinces during the outbreak, According to state media
But removal from a certain role does not necessarily mean the person will be sacked entirely, as it can also mean demotion.
Officials can be punished by the ruling communist party as well as being removed from their posts.
For instance, the deputy head of the Red Cross, Zhang Qin, was given “a serious intra-Party warning as well as a serious administrative shortcoming”, state media reported.
The deputy head of the Wuhan bureau of statistics was removed earlier this month and also with a “serious intra-party warning as well as a serious administrative demerit for violating relevant regulations to distribute face masks”.
The second-worst hit city in Hubei after Wuhan, head of the health commission of Huanggang, has also been removed
Recently china authorities have been increasingly condemned for their handling of the crisis.
Public anger was sparked by the death of the doctor who raised the warning and was suppressed by the authorities.
A team from its highest anti-corruption agency was sent to Hubei by Beijing to investigate the treatment of Dr. Li by police
‘It was only a question of who and when’
Someone was always going to be for the chop following the shambolic early handling of the coronavirus emergency.
That early reaction cost precious weeks, slowing the response while millions of people left Wuhan before the transport barricade was available.
It was just a question of when to go and who would go.
Two top officials in Hubei’s provincial health commission have been dismissed, with the local authorities facing a storm of public anger, nobody imagines it to end there.
Possibly sensing that his own head is already on the block, the mayor of Wuhan, Zhou Xianwang, said the reason it took so long to warn the public about the virus was that he didn’t have clearance from above.
The mayor of Wuhan, Zhou Xianwang, Probably sensing that his own head is already on the block, said the reason it took so long to warn the public about the virus was that he didn’t have permission from above.
Permission from above? That could mean permission from the provincial party secretary. It could also be deduced that he was pointing the blame all the way to Beijing.
It can be said that either China’s top leaders are partly at fault, or the Communist Party’s governance structures need to be fixed, or the Mayor is wrong – that is, he is the one who in due course should carry the responsibility.
People can decide which of these options is mostly to be acknowledged and acted upon.
It is recorded that there are now more than 42,200 confirmed cases across China, in the country’s crucial public health crisis since the Sars outbreak in 2002-3.
The health commission of Hubei said the province had a total of 31,728 cases with 974 deaths by the end of Monday, a fatality rate of 3%
The city of 11 million has been in lockdown for weeks, due to the outbreak, more than three-quarters of the deaths have been in Hubei’s provincial capital, Wuhan, the center of the outbreak
On Monday state news agency shares images of doctors and nurses shaving their heads to prepare for putting on protective clothing, large numbers of medical staff have been sent to the city by china.
After some cases were detected in Hong Kong, on Monday night 23 households were evacuated from an estate and taken into quarantine.
The territory has had months of protests and chief executive Carrie Lam said: “In order to fight this virus, Hong Kong needs the full cooperation and active participation of every member of society.
There have been rounds of protest and the chief executive Carrie Lam said: for this virus to be fought Hong Kong needs the full support and active involvement of every member of society.
“This is a time for social cohesion; this is a time for every one of us to display civic responsibility.”
And for the rest of the world?
On Monday, four new cases were announced in the UK, taking the total number of people infected in the country to eight.
The government issued new powers in England to keep people in isolation, but the total risk level in the UK remains “restrained”.
According to media reports, the two Japanese citizens who were evacuated on government-chartered flights from Wuhan in January have also now tested positive. Both men had previously tested negative for the virus but later displayed symptoms.
Thailand on Tuesday did not allow passengers from another cruise ship to disembark, despite no confirmed infections aboard.
On Tuesday Thailand did not permit passengers from another cruise ship to disembark, despite no confirmed infections aboard.
The MS Westerdam had already been barred from docking in Guam and Japan.
North Korea is reported to have sent hundreds of workers to patrol its borders with China, as it steps up measures to protect against the virus. Road, rail and air links with China have already been cut.
As reported North Korea is said to have sent hundreds of workers to patrol its border with China, as protective measures against the virus are been set up. Road, rail and air links with China have already been cut.
The country has not reported any infections but South Korean media say the virus has reached the secretive communist state.
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 handwashing 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 minimize the risk of spreading disease