Coronavirus, Wuhan

Coronavirus, Wuhan

Heroes and villains: Beijing crafts its narrative on coronavirus outbreak

Heroes and villains: Beijing crafts its narrative on coronavirus outbreak

15.2.2020

Heroes and villains: Beijing crafts its narrative on coronavirus outbreak

BEIJING (AFP) - China's government is purging unpopular local officials and commandeering heroic stories of doctors on the frontline as it tries to shield itself from public rage over the handling of the deadly coronavirus epidemic.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Government censors, meanwhile, have made rare exceptions to allow for criticism online - but mostly when directed at local officials accused of negligence in central Hubei province and its capital Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.On Thursday (Feb 13), the political chiefs of Hubei and Wuhan were sacked and replaced with Mr Xi loyalists with security backgrounds. The province's top two health officials were also fired.

In Hubei, local Red Cross leaders had also come under fire on Weibo for allegedly mismanaging donations of masks and other medical supplies.The 34-year-old, who died after contracting the virus from a patient, was mourned on Weibo but his death also triggered calls for freedom of speech and the downfall of the Communist Party.

At the same time, the central government announced that it would send a team to Wuhan to investigate how Dr Li's case had been handled."Let's win battle against novel coronavirus for deceased Doctor Li," the People's Daily, the Communist Party mouthpiece, urged readers.

"Salute to these angels!#EverydayHero," reads a tweet by the People's Daily showing nurses with marks and sores on their faces left by the masks they have worn during hours of duty.But there are signs the tolerance for public criticism of officials is beginning to end.

At the start,"the flow of information coming out from citizens and Chinese journalists was too abundant to contain," Dr Sullivan said.

Read more: The Straits Times

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Coronavirus: No major change in 'trajectory' of outbreak, says WHOGENEVA (AFP) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday (Feb 13) said a sharp rise in reported Covid-19 cases in China, due to a change in counting methods, did not represent a big shift in the epidemic.. Read more at straitstimes.com.



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