China suspended several officials after more than 500 new coronavirus cases were confirmed at prisons in three provinces, local media reported on Friday.

The outbreak was confirmed in prisons in Hubei, Shandong, and Zhejiang provinces, according to the South China Morning Post.

In Hubei, the country’s worst-affected province, 271 cases of infection were reported in two prisons; 230 at a women’s jail in Wuhan and 41 at Hanjin Prison in Shayang county.

Two Hubei prison officials were sacked, the local daily reported.

The tally in the eastern Shandong province was 207, with 200 inmates and seven prison officers testing

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