According to the state-backed Global Times, more than 30 officials nationwide, ranging from mayors and local health directors to the heads of hospitals and airports, have been punished for negligence and mishandling local outbreaks.
China is dealing with its broadest outbreak of Covid-19 since it crushed the virus that first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019.
Beijing has long held local officials accountable for the virus's breach into China, blaming them for failing to diligently enforce precautions and restrictions that allowed flare-ups to turn into major outbreaks on domestic soil.
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