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Beijing succeeds party leaders in Hubei and Wuhan

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — In the Chinese province of Hubei and its capital – Wuhan – the party leadership has changed, reports CGTN. The city is considered the source of the spread of the new coronavirus, in it and in the entire province the incidence and mortality rate is much higher compared to the rest of the PRC.

Jiang Chaoliang Provincial Party Committee Secretary resigned. He was replaced by 63-year-old Ying Yong, the mayor of Shanghai since 2017. Prior to his transfer to Shanghai, he was chairman of the Zhejiang Provincial Court. Bloomberg calls him the protégé of President Xi Jinping.

Wuhan Ma Guoqiang, the secretary of the city committee, was also dismissed, replaced by Wang Zhulin, the former secretary of the Jinan city committee (the capital of Shandong).

CGTN notes that these are the first significant staffing decisions in Hubei’s leadership. Bloomberg concludes that this reshuffle demonstrates Beijing’s dissatisfaction with how the Hubei provincial authorities deal with the threat of coronavirus.

According to the latest data, the number of people infected with the new Covid-19 coronavirus in Hubei reached 48 206, and a total of 14 840 new cases were detected using the latest diagnostic methods per day . In total, there were 59,651 cases of infection in China on the morning of February 13 (including Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong), and another 445 outside of China. 1,363 people died (1,036 deaths occur in Wuhan).

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