China announced 108 new deaths from coronavirus, and the death toll now reached 1,016. There are 2,478 new confirmed cases totaling to 42,638 according to China’s health authority.
Media sources confirm that among the most recent deaths, 103 had occurred in Hubei province, including 67 in Wuhan provincial capital. It is believed that the virus began there in a market for seafood which also sold wild animals.
Two senior health officials in the province — Zhang Jin, Party Secretary of the Hubei Health Commission, and Ling Yingzi, Administrator of the Hubei Provincial Health Commission — were removed from their positions, state media reported on Tuesday, one day after Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Beijing’s health centers.
Xi put on a face mask in his first public appearance since the outbreak and had his temperature tested while paying a visit to medical workers and patients in the capital.
Monday’s other deaths were in Heilongjiang, Anhui and Henan provinces and Tianjin and Beijing towns, the National Health Commission said.
A group of leaders charged with fighting the virus said during a meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Monday that it would work to resolve raw material and labor shortages and improve stocks of masks and protective clothing.
They said almost 20,000 medical personnel had already been sent to Wuhan from across the country, and more medical teams were on their way to provide aid.