BEIJING, China: – More than 30 Chinese officials were fired or received other punishments for allegedly failing to respond adequately to the latest COVID-19 surge in China.
Among those who lost their jobs were a vice mayor, along with heads of city districts and health commissions. Also let go were staff in hospital management, airport managers and tourism department officials.
Meanwhile, 94 new cases of the Covid variant have been reported during the past 24 hours, according to China’s National Health Commission.
Officials said the current outbreak is linked to the airport in the eastern city of Nanjing.
Media reports said the highly contagious Delta variant was transmitted among airport workers and has since spread from Hainan province in the south to Inner Mongolia in the far north.
The outbreak in China has resulted in new travel restrictions, lockdowns of communities and the sealing off of the city of Zhangjiajie’s 1.5 million people.