- Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuhan Hospital, died on Tuesday morning
- Liu is the first hospital director to have died of the virus
- At least five other medical workers have died of the virus with official figures indicating more than 1,716 infections
Dr Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuhan Hospital in Wuhan, China on Tuesday morning died of coronavirus. According to state reporter, the director died after “all rescue efforts failed.”
The Covid-19 virus originated from Wuhan late last year and has so far killed 1,900 people in China. Reports also state that the virus has infected over 72,000 people.
Liu Zhiming is the first hospital director reported to have died of the virus since its onset in China’s town Wuhan.
At least five other medical workers have died from the disease with more than 1,700 other medics infected.
Liu’s death was reported shortly after midnight by bloggers and Chinese media, but later the stories were deleted and replaced with news indicating that doctors were attempting to save his life.
The demise of the hospital’s director pecks unhealed wounds of colleagues death, Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist. Li was punished for raising alarm about the virus late last year.
Li’s death saw nationals airing their grief accusing the authorities of mishandling the crisis.
Masses took to social media to mourn Liu’s death with some platforms drawing comparisons between the reporting of Liu’s death and Li’s. The deaths were both reported at first, and denied before being confirmed again.
Medics in Wuhan face a shortage of masks and other protective body gear a condition which has forced some to work wearing makeshift hazmat suits. Some of them have shown respiratory symptoms but continue to work due to shortage of staff.