Coronavirus hell: Doctor dies as nurse reveals horror fighting on frontline of outbreak

Saturday, January 25, 2020
By Paul Martin

CHINA’s Wuhan city, the centre of the outbreak of the new coronavirus, is planning to build a second dedicated hospital to treat patients, as the city struggles to cope with the sheer volume of patients – with one nurse admitting: “The situation out here is grim”.

Sat, Jan 25, 2020

Meanwhile a doctor treatment patients in the city, population 11 million, is among those to have died, according to official reports. And a US expert in infectious diseases has warned it could be DECADES before a vaccine to counter the illness is ready to be deployed. The virus outbreak has killed 41 people so far and infected more than 1,300 globally.

The vast majority of cases are in mainland China, but cases have also been confirmed in Hong Kong, Thailand, France, the United States, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Vietnam and Australia.

One nurse who works at Wuhan Xincheng Hospital wrote in a private group on WeChat, a popular messaging app: “The situation out here is grim.

“All major hospitals in Wuhan are full to the brim and have run out of space.

“There is simply no room to admit any more new cases.”

Footage shared on social media appeared to show dead bodies on the floor close to patients who were receiving treatment.

State-run China Global Television Network tweeted the doctor, 62-year-old Liang Wudong, who had been treating patients in Wuhan, had died from the illness.

Construction of the hospital, which will have 1,300 beds, is scheduled to be completed within a fortnight.

Work is ongoing on the first dedicated hospital, and will be finished by February 3.

A regularly updated analysis by Johns Hopkins University in the United States puts the total number of cases worldwide at 1,354 as of 3pm, with 41 deaths.

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