Up to now, Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong, akin to Chinese President Xi Jinping, has been appointed secretary of the Communist Party of China (CCP) in Hubei Province, epicenter of the current SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, reported today Xinhua state agency.
The CPC Central Committee thus replaces Jiang Chaoling at the head of his provincial delegation in Hubei, where in the last 24 hours the deaths of the epidemic have increased by 242 to reach 1,310, according to the Provincial Health Commission of that central-eastern region from the country.
The new secretary, Ying Yong, has held the position of mayor of Shanghai since January 2017 and had previously been deputy mayor of the same city.
Born in 1957 in Zhejiang Province (east), Ying also served as deputy secretary of the Shanghai municipal committee of the Communist Party of China since 2014.
His ascension to power was greatly favored at the time when Xi was governor of Zhejiang, between 2002 and 2007.
With this movement, the regime again points to the local authorities in response to the crisis: the dismissal of the director of the Health Commission of Hubei, Liu Yingzi, and the secretary of the Communist Party of China (CCP) within that institution, Zhang Jin.
Both charges were assumed by the deputy director of the National Health Commission, Wang Hesheng, who is part of the committee formed by the central government to deal with the epidemic.
Its first announced mean has been to adopt a new methodology to account for new cases of infection that includes in the calculations “those patients who have been clinically diagnosed.”
Yesterday, Wednesday, the new cases confirmed by the provincial commission were 1,638, while the dead totaled 94, very different figures to the 14,840 new infected and 242 dead that were notified today.
Although the provincial authorities have not provided many more details about the new criteria for accounting for patients, the new measures will allow “patients to receive treatment on time,” the commission said.
Mismanagement and concealment of information during the acute and severe respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic of 2002-2003, a disease caused by a coronavirus similar to the current SARS-CoV-2, led to more relevant charges.
At that time the mayor of Beijing, Meng Xuenong – who was replaced by the current vice president of China, Wang Qishan – and the Minister of Health, Zhang Wenkang, were dismissed.