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Leadership: Conflicting Messages Between National Health Commission and Hubei Province

On March 2, the spokesperson of the National Health Commission said at a press conference, “The rapid escalation of the Wuhan epidemic is under control. In addition to Wuhan, the regional outbreak in other places in Hubei Province is also under control.”

On March 3, the Hubei Provincial government held a press conference on the status of the control of the province’s epidemic. Yang Yunyan, the Deputy Hubei Governor, said, “The situation of the epidemic in Hubei is still very severe. In the whole province, over 20,000 patients are still in the hospital and 6,000 patients are in a severe or critical condition. The risk of a large infection is still not under fundamental control.”

[Editor’s Note: Another political controversy was that, on February 28, Ma Xiaowei, Director of National Health Commission, praised Wuhan Mayor Zhou Xianwang despite the fact that Zhou had openly challenged the Chinese Communist Party Central Leadership by stating that, until January 20, he was not “authorized” to release information to the pubic and take action. Zhou also claimed that he made the decision to lock down Wuhan, while Xi Jinping was also said to be the person who made that decision. (See Chinascope posting: Leadership: A Political Controversy: Head of National Health Commission Praised Wuhan Mayor)

Ying Yong, Xi’s loyalist and the newly appointed Hubei Provincial Party Secretary, is in charge of Hubei’s epidemic control.]

Related postings on Chinascope:

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Source: Xinhua, March 2, 2020

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Source: People’s Daily, March 4, 2020