Head of Wuhan Hospital Dies of Coronavirus

By Paul Riegler on 17 February 2020
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The director of the Wuhan Wuchang Hospital, Liu Zhiming, died Monday after becoming infected with the novel coronavirus.

The news was reported by the People’s Daily, the largest newspaper in China and an official organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

“Liu Zhiming, director of Wuhan Wuchang Hospital, died on Feb. 17 due to the infection with COVID19,” the newspaper said in a tweet.  “He is the first hospital director that died from coronavirus. RIP.”

The news comes after the death of Liu Fan, a nurse at the same hospital.

Prior to Dr. Liu’s death, the most high-profile health official to lose his life due to the coronavirus was Dr. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist who worked at Wuhan Central Hospital.  He gained media attention after being reprimanded by the police for spreading “fake news” about an outbreak of “SARS at a Wuhan seafood market” on December 30, 2019.  The post came two weeks before the outbreak of the coronavirus was acknowledged in the city of 14 million.

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