Wuchang Hospital Director Dr.
Liu Zhiming died today from COVID-19, making him the first hospital leader to have sacrificed his life against the deadly disease.
According to Red Star News, a news outlet based in Chongqing, multiple sources have confirmed his death.
One of Wuchang Hospital’s doctors said in an interview that he was saddened by the good doctor’s passing.
The doctor had always been a healthy man, which is why his death came as a surprise to everyone.
The hospital has not yet confirmed, nor have they commented on the report.
This unfortunate news came after the deadly virus killed a 59-year-old nurse in same hospital last Friday.
Liu Fan, one of the nurses of Wuchang Hospital, was said to have contracted the disease after failing to secure a hazmat suit due to medical supplies shortage in Wuhan.
The hospital denied these rumors, and stressed that Ms. Liu was assigned at the injection room and not on the front line.
COVID-19 has killed nearly 1,800 people across the world, and continues to spread at an alarming rate.
There are currently 71,000 people who are infected by the deadly virus, mostly in mainland China.
There were about 2,000 new confirmed cases recorded yesterday, and approximately ninety-five percent of them were diagnosed in Hubei province.
Hubei province currently has the strictest measures in an effort to contain the epidemic.
The Chinese government has completely sealed off all residential complexes and communities in Wuhan, Huanggang, Shiyan and Xiaogan.
Just recently, Hubei announced new measures including province-wide traffic restrictions on all non-emergency vehicles and closing off non-essential public venues.
They also banned the use of non-essential vehicles on local roadways, and residents are not allowed to leave their respective homes.
Because of this, the neighborhood and community committees send out daily necessities for the residents of Hubei province.