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[Beijing, July 26, 2003] Contrary to the public’s perception, SARS is still spreading widely in China’s provinces of Sichuan, Guangdong, and three northeastern provinces. To prevent the leak of this news from finding its way to the public, local authorities have asked the military personnel and armed police to take over villages. One local official disclosed that due to limited financial resources most of the SARS-infected villages are guarded by soldiers—leaving them to die on their own. “Hospitals are not responsible for the dead SARS patients and the corpses will be cremated by the military,” says one police from Shenzhen Public Security Bureau.

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