China Defends Coronavirus Measures as France Reports First Death

BEIJING—France reported the world’s first coronavirus death outside Asia, an 80-year-old Chinese tourist in Paris, as China’s foreign minister defended his country’s handling of the fast-spreading outbreak that has sickened more than 66,000 people and killed more than 1,500. A team of World Health Organization…

China Sees Second Straight Jump in Coronavirus Infections

BEIJING—Chinese authorities identified 5,090 new coronavirus cases, a new jump in their daily tally that has stirred concerns over the trajectory of the disease and has raised fresh worries over whether China is offering an accurate appraisal of the epidemic’s scope. On Thursday and Friday…

China Ousts High-Level Officials as Coronavirus Cases Soar

BEIJING—China ousted two top Communist Party officials in Hubei province, the center of the new coronavirus outbreak, hours after health officials there confirmed 14,840 new infections on Wednesday alone—an almost 10-fold increase from a day earlier—indicating that the epidemic is far from tapering off. The…

China Fires Highest-Level Officials Yet Over Coronavirus Outbreak

Beijing fired the highest-ranking officials yet over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak, replacing two provincial health officials in charge of virus-racked Hubei province with a trusted official from China’s national health agency. The director and Communist Party secretary of Hubei’s provincial health committee were…

American Citizen Diagnosed With Coronavirus Dies in China

U.S. Embassy staff on a cargo plane, chartered by the State Department to evacuate Americans and Canadians from China due to the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: edward wang/Reuters Updated Feb. 8, 2020 1:38 am ET BEIJING—A U.S. citizen diagnosed with the coronavirus has died in Wuhan,…

In China, Anger Simmers Over Coronavirus Doctor’s Death

BEIJING—China pledged “thorough investigations” into the death of coronavirus whistleblower Dr. Li Wenliang, as public anger built across the country over the government’s handling of an epidemic that has spread quickly across China and around the world. Dr. Li, who died early Friday, was one…

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