* Public fury is growing, with calls for more freedom of speech, but observers don’t expect any dramatic changes
* Xi Jinping has been mostly absent from view, as heads start to roll in Hubei province
Right in the centre of China, the city of Wuhan in Hubei province has also been at the heart of some key political events in the country’s modern history.
It was where a nationalist revolution began in 1911 that overthrew the Qing dynasty, ending thousands of years of imperial rule. And from where supreme leader Mao Zedong famously swam across the Yangtze River in 1966 at the age of 72, as he launched the Cultural Revolution – a decade of social and political turmoil which left wounds that remain unhealed.
This winter, it was the starting point for an outbreak of a new coronavirus – which causes the disease now officially known as Covid-19 – that has rapidly spread across the country and beyond, claiming the lives of more than 1,300 people and infecting over 59,000 so far.
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