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Coronavirus: Senior Chinese officials 'removed' as death toll rises- BBC News

Coronavirus: Senior Chinese officials 'removed' as death toll rises- BBC News
well the statistics around the

coronavirus

have been revised upwards 250 more

death

s have been recorded almost all of them are in Hubei Province where this outbreak began and as you can see from this graphic there's been a huge spike in the number of cases - there are now more than 48,000 in Hubei that's up 15,000 and the upward shift is in part because of a broader definition of the virus and how it's being diagnosed here's the World Health Organization on that crucially we
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understand that most of these cases relate to a period going back over days and weeks and our retrospectively reported as cases since sometimes back to the beginning of the outbreak itself well here are the number of cases in China going up and up we're now close to 60,000 the

death

toll

in China is over thirteen hundred and fifty but in reality that figure is higher those who die at home are not being counted in official figures and the BBC knows from having spoken to people in Wuhan
that's what people are choosing to do here's a quote from an article on the BBC

News

website we'd rather die at home than go to quarantine and while this crisis is escalating there's increasing pressure on the authorities to

senior

officials

in Hubei have now been sacked let's get more on this from Steven MacDonald in Beijing now as to whether or not the dismissal of those two

senior

Communist Party

officials

on this very day is a coincidence not I'm not sure but it
doesn't look good for them I mean the who Bay Party secretary and the party secretary as well for Wuhan City have both been

removed

but somebody had to take a fall for this I mean there's a lot of public anger lot could have been done to bring this under control before millions of people left Wuhan and in fact there's a lot of evidence showing that in those early days they tried to stop information getting out and here's Celia Hatton on who could replace those

officials

there's two new men in place and in Hebei and in Wuhan are both loyalists to see Jinping especially the man in charge of the province genome he comes from Shanghai now he's a man known for tough security measures but also last year he implemented a citywide recycling program in Shanghai now I know probably doesn't sound that impressive but in a city of 23 million almost overnight to get all of those people to suddenly follow new rules he managed to pull it off that program is still
in place and it's being carried out across China so here's a man who's known for security and implementing really big projects overnight while all those skills are going to be needed because scientists and

officials

are trying to work together to factor a fashion and effective response for more on that this is David Heyman who directed the wh O's response to the SARS virus in 2003 we're all concerned about what we don't know we know so far what's happening and what we
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can see but what we don't know is the real potential of this virus whether or not this eventually could become a disease endemic in humans like TB influenza or others because influenza also comes from animals into humans and it sometimes becomes a permanent resident another important detail is that we know that this virus is not spreading particularly quickly outside of China here's David Heyman again well certainly it spread throughout China and China's making every effort they can
in the way that they do best to stop the disease what's important though is those 24 sites outside of China and also the cruise ships that's where the information about how severe the disease is we really come from because the patients here are being monitored very closely as are their contacts and we're learning a lot as we see what happens in these situations which hopefully will lock down the disease in these countries and not permit it to spread further well let's shift our
focus from China further south to Vietnam because a town in the far north of Vietnam of about 10,000 people is now under quarantine following five cases of the virus this is one image we have of the checkpoints that have been set up on the outskirts of the town from Vietnam we then shift to Cambodia because that u.s. cruise ship which had been turned away by five countries has finally been allowed to dock here it is he'd spent two weeks at sea searching for somewhere to stop despite the fact
there are no confirmed cases on board and is an image that we saw online of passengers cheering and clinking glasses as they finally arrived in port and while they might celebrate but for the motor they're still going to have to remain on board as a precautionary measure next we have to talk about perhaps the cruise ship that's been getting the most attention the diamond princess currently stuck in Yokohama in Japan it has over three and a half thousand people on board and no one's
getting off that's because of all those people at least 200 passengers and crew are infected rip't Wingfield Hays is just beside in so the number of infections on board the Diamond Princess behind me here in Yokohama has again jumped today 44 new cases confirmed today that followed 39 cases yesterday and that brings the total number of infections from the ship to 218 and that means as we know now that this is now the single biggest outbreak of the Cova 19 virus anywhere outside mainland
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China the Japanese government has made a small concession to the criticism that has been building of its the way that its handling this outbreak they've said that very elderly people over the age of 80 will be allowed to disembark if they have underlying health conditions or if they are in one of those inside cabins that don't have any outside windows or balconies so expect to see that start happening maybe tonight or on Friday but there are many questions that remain first of all
obviously is our infection still taking place is the virus still circulating around the ship no one really knows and the other big question is why still has the Japanese government not managed to test all of the passengers and crew on board now two weeks ago a group of British nationals were evacuated from Wuhan and China and they've spent two weeks at a hospital in northwest England well now all 83 of them have been released you can see one of them celebrating there they've all been
given the all-clear Fiona trot was there as they left sort of strange to eat is being for them evacuated from China coming here to the we're all signing a form agreeing to be quarantined wondering do I have the virus and then getting used to the confinement itself one man here Leah shouting I'm free so there's relief here this afternoon but also what's very very clear is that all of the 83 people here are very very grateful to the NHS staff for the care they have received well
the man celebrating his release here is Matt raw and he's been giving his reaction to the BBC it is lovely absolutely lovely to be out and I'll no doubt be going out for a pint late a little bit later and well who would blame him not that matt is complaining about his ordeal I should say I would say that 99.9% of us if not 100% of us are really happy to have been here we're very grateful to have been here you know the last thing that any one of us would have wanted is to have passed
that virus on if we were infected to pass it on to somebody else you know you have to live with that you know if somebody does get sick from it and and and and and dies we'd have to live with that for knowledge for the rest of our lives and of course you know that's not who we are we we most of us we travel a lot we travel extensively and you know there are risks associated with that so we do take ourselves seriously as expats and and of course we want to be as responsible as possible
and if that means staying in quarantine for a couple of weeks so be it