Latest Surge of Infections Drives Beijing to Oust Top Hubei Party Officials

China's new virus cases fall again, deaths now exceed 1100

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.

The rise in the toll more than doubled the prior provincial daily record of 103 set on Monday, while the number of new cases soared by 14,840 - also a daily record - to a total of 48,206 cases.

Chinese health authorities reported 15,152 new cases of coronavirus Thursday, bringing the global total past 60,000.

"Presumably, there are deaths which occurred in people who did not have a lab diagnosis but did have a CT".

Asian stock markets wobbled and the safe-havens of the Japanese yen, gold and bonds rose after the new Hubei numbers dashed hopes the epidemic was stabilizing and the Chinese economy could bounce back quickly. "It is important that these also be counted", she told Reuters. Vietnam has confirmed 16 cases of the diseases, a lot of them in Son Loi.

He said the Geneva-based United Nations health agency was seeking "further clarity" from China about recent updates to its case definition and reporting protocol for the coronavirus disease outbreak.

"The number of newly confirmed cases reported from China has stabilized over the past week, but that must be interpreted with extreme caution", said WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Meanwhile, another cruise ship, the Westerdam, finally docked Thursday in the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville Thursday, ending a two week long saga that saw the ship being turned away by Japan, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines due to unsubstantiated fears that someone on board has been infected.

"Just seeing land was such a breathtaking moment", Angela Jones, an American tourist on the ship, told Reuters.

On board another cruise ship, the Diamond Princess, 44 more people have tested positive for COVID-19.


All nine women were in their third trimester and had tested positive for the virus. "I thought: Is this real?"

"But actually, a large number of suspected patients in Hubei have exhibited typical symptoms and their CT images show characteristics of viral pneumonia", said Tong Zhaohui, vice president of Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, who's now in Wuhan.

United Airlines said late on Wednesday it would extend cancellations of all U.S. flights to China until late April because of the coronavirus, joining other USA carriers that have suspended China routes.

Several countries have banned arrivals from China, while major airlines have halted flights to and from the country, as hundreds of people have now been infected in some two dozen countries.

The move is the latest disruption to worldwide travel that has paralysed businesses and played havoc with major conferences and sporting events.

The Chinese Grand Prix was to have taken place in Shanghai from April 17 to 19.

Global business events scheduled outside China have also been affected by the outbreak, with the Mobile World Congress scheduled to be held in Spain's Barcelona later this month now canceled.

Yin, the Trivium partner, said the revision could actually help counter skepticism about China's official data on the outbreak.

Hong Kong extended the suspension of schools till at least March 16 in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the city, where 50 cases have been confirmed.

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