Director of Wuhan Hospital Dies From Coronavirus

World Sergey Matyunin 18-Feb-2020
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The director of a hospital in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the epidemic, died on Tuesday after contracting the new coronavirus.

Liu Zhiming, a neurosurgeon and the director of the Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, is among the latest in a series of medical professionals to be killed in the outbreak.

A total of 72,436 infections and 1,868 deaths have so far been reported across the country, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday.

Last week China reported that more than 1,700 medical workers have been infected and at least six have died.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday the number of new coronavirus infections in China appeared to be declining, though it was too early to tell if the reported decline would continue.

China’s renowned epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan said he expected the outbreak to peak by middle-to-late February, later than initially estimated, according to Southern Metropolis Daily.

Zhong said he expected the situation to be “stable” by the end of April.

Cities continued to tighten their restrictions meant to curb the spread of the virus.

Beijing on Monday cordoned off its hutongs, traditional alleyways in the centre of the city, with community members restricting non-residents’ access.