China Reports Steep Rise in Virus Deaths, Infections

  • China Reports Steep Rise in Virus Deaths, Infections

China Reports Steep Rise in Virus Deaths, Infections

Chinese health authorities reported 15,152 new cases of coronavirus Thursday, bringing the global total past 60,000. That raised the global tally to nearly 60,000, dashing hopes that the epidemic might be easing.

Before his experience in Shanghai, Ying served as the president of the provincial high court in eastern China's Zhejiang Province.

The sudden jump in new cases raises questions about China's commitment to transparency, said Victor Shih, a specialist in Chinese politics at the School of Global Policy & Strategy at UC San Diego.

Outside mainland China, over 500 cases have been reported, including in other parts of Asia, Europe and North America, with one death in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.

Those who disobeyed the unified command or shirked responsibilities would be punished, Xi said, and party and government leaders supervising them would also be held accountable in severe cases, according to Xinhua. "The new party secretary needs a new starting line".

World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told Reuters Thursday the increase in the number of new cases reflects a "broader definition" of a coronavirus diagnosis and that his organization wants China to provide "further clarity" about the new methodology.

Almost 90% of the new cases reported Thursday were "clinically diagnosed" patients, meaning they were confirmed under the new rules.

Shanghai mayor Ying Yong (應勇) took over the top provincial post, while an official from eastern Shandong Province was appointed in Wuhan.

The reports did not give a reason for the dismissals but the two are the most high-profile Chinese officials to be removed from duty following the coronavirus outbreak that began in Wuhan late past year.

Authorities in Hubei have been accused of concealing the gravity of the outbreak. Indications that news of Li's death from the disease was also censored by Chinese authorities prompted further outrage on social media. It also requires a quarantine of USA citizens who have recently visited Hubei province in China. He had previously led the People's Bank of China's Shenzhen and Guangzhou branches during the Asian financial crisis. Local officials' concealment of the outbreak's severity and silencing of those who spoke up about it, including a doctor who later died from COVID-19, has sparked fury and demand for accountability across China. "This is a demonstration of resolve - and the fact that they're willing to take heed of public opinion".

The news of new deaths and infections came a day after China had said the number of new cases had dropped for a second consecutive day.

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"Not only for the sake of China, but also the world, we have adopted rigorous prevention and control measures. effectively curbing the spread of the epidemic", Zhang said.

This means officials can use lung imaging on suspected cases to diagnose the virus, rather than the standard nucleic acid tests. Hubei didn't include that category in its count until Thursday, a week later.

"I don't think the numbers are necessarily manipulated for political purposes, but the numbers themselves may not be so trustworthy", Yun told reporters.

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