China-Mongolia border town sacks Party chief for dereliction of duty amid COVID-19 outbreak
A medical worker takes a swab sample from a child for nucleic acid testing at a residential area in Ejina Banner of Alxa League, north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, 20 October 2021. Photo: Xinhua
Authorities in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Tuesday dismissed Chen Zhanyun, Party chief of Ejin Banner, a city bordering China and Mongolia, for his lax response to the latest COVID-19 outbreak.
Three cases of dereliction of duty in epidemic prevention work have been reported by the Alxa League government, which administered the Ejin Banner, after a city in the region punished six officials for their lax response. during the latest outbreak of COVID-19.
Cao Xiaofeng, deputy director of the local police bureau, failed to impose strict control on passing vehicles. Following an investigation, local authorities found that some vehicles had passed checkpoints through destroyed roadblocks. Cao, as a checkpoint manager, failed to identify problems and take effective measures, which increased epidemic prevention pressure.
The local authority decided to eliminate Cao’s position as deputy director of the local police bureau. Another official, Cheng Ting, from the local civil affairs bureau, was summoned for interviews by the local disciplinary committee for failing to report another local official’s quarantine situation, which led to mismanagement. epidemic prevention data.
Populus euphratica trees are seen in Ejin Banner, north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Oct. 10, 2018. Photo: Xinhua
These misconduct negatively impacted local epidemic prevention work in Ejin Banner, which has seen double-digit increases in COVID-19 cases.
The latest dereliction of duty announcement came after Ejin Banner on Sunday announced stiff penalties against six officials, including local health commission chiefs, for their lax response and ineffective management since COVID-19 hit. erupted on October 17.
Ejin Banner reported a total of 15 new cases on Monday, bringing the total number of infections to 58, according to local health officials.
Ejin Banner is known for its populated Euphratic Forest, which has become a popular tourist destination, Pei Jianhong, director of travel agency Gansu Lanshen, told the Global Times on Tuesday.
The hot route includes visiting populus euphratica forest in Ejin Banner and populus euphratica forest in Jinta County of Jiuquan in Gansu (northwest China), which received 10,000-20,000 daily visitors before the COVID-19 outbreak during peak tourist season, he noted.
The Chinese are well acquainted with the spirit of the Euphratic Populus, commonly known as the desert poplar. It is a magical species that can survive in extremely dry and cold regions. It encourages people to be determined in the face of obstacles.
When Chinese tech giant Huawei unveiled its flagship Huawei Mate 40 series in 2020, the product’s yellow color design was inspired by populus euphratica as the company struggled in light of the US crackdown.