Another Wuhan hospital chief ‘is infected with coronavirus’ a day after a leading doctor died of the disease

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
By Paul Martin

Dr Wang Ping of Wuhan No.8 Hospital has been infected, state media said today
News comes a day after the chief of Wuhan Wuchang Hospital died of the virus
Novel coronavirus has killed seven health workers and infected 1,700 of them
Chinese people have accused officials of trying to cover up the death of medics

19 February 2020

Another hospital chief at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak has reportedly been hospitalised after contracting the disease.

Dr Wang Ping, the head of Wuhan No. 8 Hospital, was being treated at the city’s Jinyintan Hospital, state media said today.

Just yesterday, the director of Wuhan Wuchang Hospital died of the disease following ‘all-out rescue efforts’.

Coronavirus has killed seven health workers and infected more than 1,700 medical staff in China.

Dr Wang’s illness was first reported by Beijing News, citing sources inside Wuhan No. 8 Hospital. The article was also used by state media China News.

A message circulating on Chinese social media earlier today claimed that doctors were in desperate need of blood plasma in order to save Dr Wang’s life.

Chinese authorities have urged newly recovered coronavirus patients to donate their blood because their plasma is thought to have antibodies to the lethal virus.

A spokesperson at the No. 8 Hospital confirmed that Dr Wang had contracted the novel coronavirus and was being treated at Jinyintan Hospital.

The spokesperson added Jinyintan had found suitable blood plasma.

The hospital did not comment on Dr Wang’s condition.

The news comes after Dr Liu Zhiming, the 51-year-old leader of Wuhan Wuchang Hospital, died yesterday morning after ‘all-out rescue efforts failed’, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

Dr Liu was hailed for his ‘important contributions in the work of fighting and controlling novel coronavirus’.

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