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China Replaces Top Local Officials as Cases Soar: Virus Update

By Michelle Cortez and Robert Langreth
February 12, 2020, 6:10 PM EST Updated on February 12, 2020, 11:34 PM EST

Two top Chinese officials at the center of the coronavirus outbreak have been replaced, state media said, in the biggest political fallout so far from an epidemic that has killed more than 1,300 people.

The Communist Party secretaries for the province of Hubei and the city of Wuhan were removed, as the number of new cases and deaths surged after the province revised the method for counting infections. Fatalities in Hubei climbed by 242, while the number of infections jumped by 14,840, sending the total number of cases in China toward 60,000.

Read more on how Hubei is changing how it counts cases

Japan confirmed 44 more cases on a quarantined cruise ship, bringing the total of infections from the vessel to 218. Hong Kong extended the closure of schools until at least March 16, while the wireless industry scrapped its biggest annual showcase.


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