Hubei province, at the epicentre of the outbreak of the virus, reported a record 242 deaths from the virus overnight taking the total number of people who have died to 1,350. Beijing responded by sacking Jiang Chaoliang as head of the state and Ma Guoqiang as mayor of the city of Wuhan. Meanwhile over in Hong King the Financial Times reports that Zhang Xiaoming, top official for affairs in the island, has been replaced.
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