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Two China prisons report 227 cases




Doctors check the CT image of a patient's lungs at Leishenshan (Thunder God Mountain) Hospital in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, Feb. 9, 2020. (Photo Xinhua)

BEIJING (Global Times) — Prison officials in Zhejiang and Shandong provinces have been removed from their posts after 227 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)were reported in two Chinese prisons on Thursday.

The officials were removed for failing to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 in their prisons. A total 202 new cases were reported in Shandong, including 200 in Rencheng Prison while there were 28 new cases reported in Zhejiang of which 27 were from Shilifeng Prison.

The new cases ended the 16-day consecutive drop of the number of new confirmed cases in the Chinese mainland outside the epicenter Hubei Province.

The figures in the two provinces accounted for 89 percent of the total new cases which analysts said showed the risks of virus transmission through clustering have been exposed in China as prisons with closed spaces and large number of inmates could easily lead to multiple infections.

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