Sichuan confirms six new cases of swine flu
The six new patients, four women and two men, were all infected locally. At least four were infected on a sightseeing trip to Jiuzhaigou when they came into close contact with Chengdu's second confirmed swine-flu patient, a Chinese American woman surnamed Gao.
The total number of confirmed human cases of the H1N1 virus on the mainland is now 89. Of those, 50 have been discharged from the hospital and 39 are undergoing treatment, reports Xinhua.
Seven passengers still in critical condition
Of the 63 patients undergoing treatment at the Chengdu Military Region General Hospital for injuries sustained during last Friday's bus fire, seven are still in critical condition, with burns on 95 percent of their bodies. "They may die at any time," Sichuan Department of Health chief Zhao Wanhua told the China Daily.
Six of the patients will receive skin grafts, an operation that results in significant blood loss and requires a team of more than 20 doctors.
Another 35 are in serious condition after having inhaled toxins released into the air during the fire. Nine patients who suffered minor injuries were discharged Monday.
In related news, Beixing Bus Company chairman and Chengdu Public Transport Group Co. general manager Li Shuguang stepped down from his post on Sunday, citing the desire to "arouse society's attention to the safety of public transport" as reason for his resignation.
After the incident, public transportation systems around the country have been increasing safety precautions, ensuring that all buses are equipped with emergency escapes and fire extinguishers, and are checked several times a day. Guangzhou is moving to ban passengers from bringing questionable items on board.
Although authorities still have not determined whether the fire was caused deliberately or not, they have cited an overcrowded bus, and lack of awareness among panicked passengers about how to use the bus's emergency hammers to break the windows.
Body of second mountain climber found
The body of photographer and climber Wade Johnson, 24, was found this morning 300 meters from the spot where the body of fellow climber Jonathan Copp, 35, had been located Saturday.
There is no news on the third climber, Micah Dash, 32.
The climbers, all experienced climbers from the United States, had been attempting to scale Mount Edgar, Sichuan's highest peak. Rescuers suspect an avalanche killed the three climbers.
Sichuanese woman dies in unlicensed Shanghai clinic
A woman who checked into a clinic Thursday morning because she was feeling unwell died later that afternoon after receiving an IV drip.
Su Qun, 34, from Sichuan, was found by police. She had been pronounced dead by the time her sister had arrived to find her.
The drip was revealed to contain unidentified substances, and investigators confirmed that the clinic was being operated illegally by individuals with no licenses to practice medicine.
The clinic, located in Shanghai's Baoshan District, had been shut down by police twice last year.