Sep 06, 2021 04:54 PM

Nine Officials in Central China’s Zhengzhou Punished for Botching Covid Flare-Up

What’s new: Nine officials in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China’s Henan province, have been held accountable for failing to control the latest Covid outbreak, local authorities announced Saturday, including two officials who were removed from their posts on July 31.

Vice Mayor Sun Xiaohong has been removed from her post, according to a statement released Saturday by the province’s commission for discipline inspection and its supervisory commission. The statement didn’t say when she was dismissed.

Other officials who have been punished include Yuan Xueling, vice director of the city’s health commission, and Zhang Lan, director of the commission’s medical administration division.

Four other officials at the city’s Sixth People’s Hospital have been placed under investigation, including He Rui, vice Communist Party secretary and head of the hospital; Cai Chaoyang, vice head of the hospital; Zhao Xianli, director of the hospital’s department of infection prevention; and Xu Yanli, director of the hospital’s department of medical affairs.

The background:  Since the local outbreak was identified on July 30, the city has reported 138 locally transmitted confirmed cases and one asymptomatic case.

Fu Guirong, Communist Party secretary and director of the city’s health commission, and Ma Shuhuan, party secretary of the city’s Sixth People’s Hospital, were removed from office on July 31.

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