BEIJING (Reuters) – The Chinese province at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak reported a record increase in deaths on Thursday under a new diagnostic method, and Beijing fired two senior officials of province after criticizing crisis handling.
A security guard stands outside a plastic tent set up to disinfect people arriving at the entrance of a residential area, when the country was attacked by a new type of coronavirus, in Beijing, China. February 13, 2020. Sign at tent entrance is "Disinfection tunnel". REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Health officials in Hubei province said 242 people died from flu-like viruses on Wednesday, the fastest increase in daily numbers since the pathogen was identified in December and bringing the total number of deaths. casualties up to over 1,350. A total of 1,310 deaths have been reported from Hubei.
Asian stock markets wobbled and the safe havens of the yen, gold and Japanese bonds rallied after the number of new Hubei flooded hopes the disease would stabilize and the Chinese economy could quick recovery. (MKTS / GLOB)
The increase in deaths occurred a day after the market was welcomed as China reported its lowest number of new cases in two weeks, reinforcing the forecast by its senior health adviser that the epidemic had may terminate in April.
Reports in state media reported that the owner of the Communist Party of Jiang Chaoliang Province was removed from the post of Hubei Provincial Party Committee Secretary and Ma …
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