A few days ago, many Chinese media reported the story that a woman who was release from a Wuhan prison came to Beijing on February 22 and was confirmed with coronavirus two days later. People were asking how she managed to come to Beijing.
Hubei Daily, the newspaper under Hubei Provincial Communist Party Committee, reported on February 26 that Ying Yong, Hubei Provincial Party Secretary said it was absolutely not allowed to let such a case that bypassed traffic control happen. Hubei Party Commission for Disciplinary Inspection led the investigation.
On March 2, Beijing News reported the investigation result: Ms. Huang was serving a prison term due to a crime of corruption, at the Wuhan Women’s Prison. On January 29, a guard in her section of the prison was confirmed to have the novel coronavirus infection and Ms. Huang was in close contact with that guard. Ms. Huang finished serving her prison term on February 17, but stayed in the prison for “quarantine observation.” From February 17 to 21,the prison checked her temperature 13 times; twice she had a temperature of 37.3 degree (celcius), which was at the borderline of a coronavirus symptom. On February 21, guards took Ms. Huang to the highway toll booth north of Wuhan to hand her over to her daughter and her daughter’s ex-husband. They then drove her all the way to Beijing on February 22. They managed to pass check points and took Ms. Huang to a residential neighborhood in Beijing.
The investigation team took action against several mid-level officials. It put the head of Hubei Provincial Judicial Department under further investigation; removed the head of Hubei Provincial Prison Bureau from his post and put him under further investigation and put the head of the Wuhan Prison, who had been removed from his position earlier due to the outbreak of the coronavirus infection at the prison, under further investigation.
Staff performing coronavirus checks at the entry points to Beijing were also punished.
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- Local Government: Ying Yong Is in Full Control at Hubei Province
- Local Government: Xiaogan City, Hubei Province Sealed Residents’ Doors from Outside
- Local Government: Beijing Asked for “Protecting Patient’s Privacy”
- Local Government: Confiscating Each Other’s Medical Supplies
1. Excerpt in Chinese:
Source: Caixin, February 27, 2020
2. Excerpt in Chinese:
Source: Beijing News, February 27, 2020
3. Excerpt in Chinese:
Source: Beijing News, March 2, 2020