Doctor treating coronavirus patients dies from Wuhan virus

A doctor at Wuhan City, the epicenter of novel coronavirus outbreak, has died from the virus, China Global Television Network confirmed on Twitter on Saturday, January 25.

Doctor treating coronavirus patients dies from Wuhan virus
Liang Wudong, a surgeon who was treating patients in Wuhan, just become the first doctor to die from the new Coronavirus | Photo Credit: Twitter/MuhammadLila

"Liang Wudong, a doctor at Hubei Xinhua Hospital who had been at the front line of the #CoronavirusOutbreak battle in Wuhan, dies from the virus at age 62," the tweet says.

This is the very first case of death concerning a doctor since the outbreak of the virus.


He was head of the ENT department and had just retired from full-time practice, but had returned to assist with the emergency.

On Saturday, authorities confirmed that death toll rose to 41 from the 1,287 confirmed cases in China.

READ: Novel coronavirus death toll rises to 41

The disease has spread to 30 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities.

China has expanded lockdown and rushing for the establishment of 1,000-bed hospital in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak. The authority aims to finish construction of the prefabricated hospital in six days to support the overwhelming number of patients and for quaratine purposes.

Aljazeera reported that the southern city of Haikou announced today that beginning at noon, local time, it will start a 14-day centralised medical observation for all tourists coming from Hubei province.

Authorities have also shut down major tourist sites including the Forbidden City in Beijing and a section of the Great Wall. They also cancelled major public events in China including the traditional temple fairs in Beijing, international carnival in Hong Kong, annual football tournament in Hong Kong and public Lunar New Year celebrations in Macau.

— The Summit Express

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