The Communist Party of China appointed Ying Yong, the mayor of Shanghai, the new head of the Party in Hubei province on Thursday, as well as replacing the Party leader in Hubei’s capital, Wuhan, the epicenter of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
In Hong Kong, Beijing replaced its liaison office head Zhang Xiaoming, demoted to run daily operations at the office but not make key decisions.
The replaced officials join several local Party authorities already demoted for allegedly failing to respond to the outbreak in time.
Those known are Tang Zhihong, the head of the health commission in the Hubei city of Huanggang; the mayor and local Communist Party cadre in Huajiahe village, Hubei; and Zhang Jin and Liu Yingzi, health officials at the Hubei provincial level.
The Epoch Times, an anti-communist Chinese-American newspaper, reported on Thursday that several officials in Hubei were not fired, but resigned from Communist Party posts after being asked to engage in local leadership operations to prevent the spread of the virus.