China penalizes two senior Qingdao officials over new outbreak

Beijing, Oct 15 (efe-epa).- The recent coronavirus outbreak in Qingdao, China, has cost the director of the province’s Municipal Health Commission, Sui Zhenhua, and the president of the main hospital their jobs.

The Municipal Health Commission said Thursday that Deng’s suspension from office, as well as the initiation of an investigation into his conduct, while the Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China did the same Wednesday with Sui, state agency Xinhua reported.

Thursday’s report confirmed a case of coronavirus, a 40-year-old stevedore from the city port, who – like another colleague of his – was asymptomatic since Sep. 24 and had only now begun to suffer symptoms.

China does not add patients to the list of confirmed COVID-19 cases unless they show symptoms, despite having tested positive.

There are currently 13 officially confirmed positives in Qingdao receiving treatment in city hospitals, a British asymptomatic patient and up to 515 close contacts of the patients under medical observation.

To contain the outbreak, the first reported by Chinese health authorities since last July, Qingdao’s entire population of more than 9 million has been nucleic acid tested.

In a press conference held Thursday, the deputy mayor of the city said they had tested 9.9 million residents and obtained the results of 7.6 million, all negative, except for the 13.

According to the last part of the National Health Commission, there are 240 active cases in China, of which 3 are in serious condition and one is critical (all of them in Qingdao).

With the 11 infected Thursday added to the statistics (10 of them, “imported”), total confirmed cases in the Chinese mainland rose to 85,622, while the number of deaths has remained at 4,634 since mid-May. EFE-EPA


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