NYT: Coronavirus Cases Soar, and leaders are fired

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 By Chris Stanford
Jiang Chaoliang, center, the leader of Hubei Province, on Feb. 2. He has become the highest-ranking official to lose his job over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak.  China Daily, via Reuters

Coronavirus cases soar, and leaders are fired

After the infection rate in China seemed to be leveling off, numbers released today showed the most new cases in a day so far — nearly 15,000 in Hubei Province, the center of the outbreak.
A change in how the illness is diagnosed may partly explain the jump. Here are the latest updates and maps of where the virus has spread.
Political fallout: China’s ruling Communist Party fired the leaders of Hubei Province and Wuhan, its largest city, today amid widespread public anger over the handling of the epidemic.
Economic fallout: One of the world’s biggest technology trade shows, Mobile World Congress in Spain, was canceled because of the outbreak. International students at Chinese universities have faced difficult decisions, and the cruise industry is suffering.
“The Daily”: Today’s episode examines how China’s government is handing public anger.


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