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Coronavirus latest updates: Hubei's leader sacked as China death toll passes 1,300 – live news

Jiang Chaoliang replaced in province where cases have jumped by nearly 15,000 in one day, as 44 more passengers diagnosed on stricken cruise ship. Follow the latest developments

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Here’s a summary of the latest news on the coronavirus, now known as Covid-19.

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The South China Morning Post’s correspondent in Beijing, Jun Mai, says the changes to key leaders in personnel in Hubei don’t just bring in new leaders who are protege’s of President Xi, but people with strong backgrounds in security.

2.Many have noted both Ying Yong, Hubei’s new party boss and Chen Yixin, dispatched from Beijing to co-lead Wuhan ground team, are Xi’s proteges. But please also mind their extensive background in security. They are experts of maintaining stability;

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