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[Beijing, April 15, 2003] It is widely reported that Beijing has put most of its SARS patients in the city’s military hospitals. The request from WHO to visit these hospitals has been turned down by the authorities in Beijing.

WHO's official website states that Beijing is apparently controlling SARS at some hospitals, but it has yet to allow WHO experts to visit those military hospitals, which are the focus of many news reports. WHO officials in Beijing are particularly concerned with official reactions to those reports, as they worry that the authorities might lack enthusiasm to follow up with the infected patients.

Yesterday, Mainland China reported 82 new SARS cases and 4 deaths. So far the authorities in China have provided an official figure of 1,424 SARS cases and 64 deaths.

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