China Sacks Communist Party Officials Over Coronavirus Outbreak

The government of China has removed top Communist Party officials of Wuhan (Hubei province) for allegedly mishandling the Coronavirus outbreak in the province. 

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) sacked the secretary of the Hubei Provincial Committee, Jiang Chaoliang, and replaced him with Ying Yong.

The CPC also removed Ma Guoqiang as party chief in the provincial capital of Wuhan, according to state media reports on Thursday.

Recall that the virus first broke out in Wuhan, leading to the killing of over 1,100 people and infected over 40,000 people.

The World Health Organization had also code named the SARS-like virus – COVID-19, raising the alarm that the virus was now a global emergency.

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Rising from the CPC meeting chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, party committees and governments at all levels were urged to do all they can to cushion the effect of the  epidemic to maintain a steady socio-economic performance, harmony and stability in the region.

The president lauded the handlers of the virus in the country for giving their best, adding that “the results are hard-won progress made by all sides”.

The novel virus is said to be contacted through human-to-human transmission.

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