Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuchang Hospital, died of the novel coronavirus today, according to Chinese media

The head of a hospital in Wuhan today died of the novel coronavirus, according to Chinese media.

Dr Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuchang Hospital, is the first hospital leader to have ‘sacrificed’ in the fight against coronavirus, reported Red Star News.

The news comes after a 59-year-old nurse in the same hospital was killed by the virus last Friday.

Red Star News, a news outlet based in Chongqing, said it had confirmed the news from multiple sources.

One doctor at Wuchang Hospital told the newspaper that he was saddened by Dr Liu’s passing.

Another insider said Mr Liu had always been a healthy man and that he was surprised by the news of his death.

The hospital is yet to comment on the report.

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Last week, Liu Fan, a nurse at Wuchang Hospital, died of the coronavirus after contracting the disease at work.

Online accounts suggested that Ms Liu was infected with the disease after failing to get a hazmat suit due to the shortage of medical supplies in Wuhan.

The hospital denied the allegations, adding that the 59-year-old was working in the injection room of a neighbourhood clinic, not on the front line.

In a statement, Wuchang Hospital said it had tried its best to resuscitate Ms Liu, but she died at 6:30pm on Friday.

‘To lose such a good nurse, we are deeply distressed,’ it said.

The hospital claimed that it had urged all medical workers to protect themselves during work.

It continued: ‘All neighbourhood clinics need to enforce personal preventative measures according to requirement.

‘In this battle, the virus is cruel. We express our deepest condolences for comrade Liu Fan’s passing.

‘We sincerely hope all medical workers remain healthy and will return safe and sound after the battle.’

Those who die of the COVID-19 virus after contracting it on line of duty should be named martyrs, Chinese authorities urged today.

Their family members should receive financial compensation and enjoy priorities in various policies, the Political Work Department of the Central Military Commission said.

Nearly 1,800 people across the world have now died from the killer coronavirus that is rapidly sweeping the planet.

And more than 71,430 have caught the virus, formally known as COVID-19, including 454 on a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan.

Ninety-five per cent of the 2,000 new cases recorded yesterday were diagnosed in Hubei, the deserted Chinese province at the centre of the crisis.



Source: Daily Mail – Articles

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