Amid the concern over the coronavirus outbreak, the head of a leading hospital in China’s central city of Wuhan, the epicentre of a coronavirus outbreak, reportedly died of the disease on February 18th, 2020. The doctor has been identified as Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuhan Wuchang Hospital.
Earlier this month, millions in China mourned the death of Li Wenliang, a doctor who was previously reprimanded for issuing an early warning about the coronavirus.
Tens of thousands of medical workers have been fighting to contain the spread of the coronavirus, believed to have first surfaced in a seafood market in Wuhan, the capital of the central province of Hubei.
As in the case of Li’s death, there was confusion on the Chinese internet about Liu’s condition on Monday night.
On Monday night, the Communist Party propaganda department of the Hubei Health Commission wrote in a social media post that Liu had died. But it said in a subsequent post that Liu was alive.
Beijing was accused of covering up the full extent of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003. In the current coronavirus outbreak, Beijing has called for transparency.
A senior Chinese health official on February 14th, 2020, said that 1,716 health workers have been infected by the coronavirus and six of them have died.
The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in mainland China has reached at least 1,868 with 72,436 infections confirmed. Tuesday marked the first time since January that the daily infection figure for the Chinese mainland fell below 2,000.
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