Beijing Hoodwinks WHO Inspectors

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LOU LINWEI FOR TIME

Registration at Beijing's No. 309 Hospital. Doctors say up to 40 SARS patients may have been moved from their wards

Friday, April 18, 2003

Before World Health Organization inspectors visited Beijing hospitals earlier this week, hospital officials removed dozens of SARS patients from their isolation wards and transferred them to locations where they could not be observed by the inspectors, doctors at those hospitals have told TIME. On Tuesday, just hours before the WHO's inspection team arrived, more than 40 confirmed SARS patients at the capital's No. 309 People's Liberation Army Hospital were transferred out of their beds to the Zihuachun Hotel on the hospital grounds and at the China Japan Friendship Hospital 31 confirmed SARS patients, all doctors,...