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Coronavirus

China removes party chiefs in Hubei and Wuhan amid epidemic

Beijing shakes up heavily criticized leadership in virus epicenter

A disinfection vehicle in Wuhan, Hubei Province -- the epicenter of the outbreak.   © Reuters

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- China's Communist Party has replaced the party heads in the coronavirus stricken province of Hubei and its capital Wuhan, state media said on Thursday, reporting the most high profile officials to be dismissed in the wake of the epidemic.

The removal of Jiang Chaoliang, the leading Communist Party official of Hubei province, and Ma Guoqiang, his counterpart in Wuhan, follows the dismissal of two provincial health officials on Tuesday, and is part of a wider effort by Beijing to remove bureaucrats it accuses of shirking their duties.

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