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China says will punish officials who slack off in fighting virus

Medical officials monitor a thermal scanner as passengers arrive at the airport in Changsha, Hunan Province, as the country is hit by an outbreak of a new coronavirus, China, January 27, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Thursday it will severely punish officials who slack off on the job in fighting a new virus that is spreading across the country.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said on its website that anyone who doesn’t effectively carry out President Xi Jinping’s instructions in the fight against the virus would be punished.

CCDI also said it would punish those who are derelict in their duty and misappropriate rescue funds and materials.

Reporting by Muyu Xu, Ben Blanchard and Samuel Shen; Editing by Kim Coghill