China has “removed” several senior officials over their handling of the coronavirus outbreak – as the death toll rises.
Some 242 deaths from the new coronavirus were recorded in the Chinese province of Hubei on Wednesday, the deadliest day of the outbreak.
There was also a huge increase in the number of cases, with 14,840 people diagnosed with Covid-19.
Hubei has started using a broader definition to diagnose people, which accounts for most of the rise in cases.
China sacked two top officials in Hubei province hours after the new figures were revealed.
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