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China Ousts High-Level Officials as Coronavirus Cases Soar

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China Ousts High-Level Officials as Coronavirus Cases Soar

BEIJING—China ousted two top Communist Party officials at the center of the new coronavirus outbreak hours after health officials in Hubei province 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 high-level firings of the Community Party secretaries of both Hubei province and its capital of Wuhan, where the contagion is believed to have started last month at a market with live, wild animals, demonstrated Beijing’s disapproval…

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