Two doctors die of coronavirus within 24 hours in China’s Hubei province as tributes pour in for ‘hero’ medics

Sunday, February 23, 2020
By Paul Martin

Huang Wenjun, 42, died on Sunday evening after suffering pneumonia
He caught coronavirus while on duty at Xiaogan Central Hospital, in Hubei
It comes less than 24 hours after Dr Xia Sisi died at Union Jiangbei Hospital

By PHOEBE ECKERSLEY
DAILYMAIL.COM
23 February 2020

A 42-year-old man who worked at a hospital close to Wuhan has become the second doctor to die of coronavirus within 24 hours in China’s Hubei province, health officials have confirmed.

Huang Wenjun, who specialised in respiratory medicine, suffered pneumonia on duty at Xiaogan Central Hospital, in Hubei, China, and died at around 7.30pm LT.

Many social media users have shared tributes to the doctor – with one writing ‘condolences, a hero you’ll be remembered’ and another saying ‘may he rest In peace’.

They added: ‘My condolences to his family and friends. Not all heroes wear capes.’

In a another tweet, one wrote: ‘I have so much respect for people like Huang Wenjun. His passing is a great loss for humanity.’

It comes less than 24 hours after Dr Xia Sisi died from coronavirus after being infected by patients at Union Jiangbei Hospital of Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province.

The physician, 29, was hospitalised on January 19 and later transferred to Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University when her condition worsened on February 7.

Of the 648 new infections in China, only 18 were outside of Hubei province, the lowest number outside the epicentre since authorities began publishing data a month ago and locked down large parts of the country.

The global epidemic is thought to have killed around 2,466 and infected 78,888.

Figures today show further deaths in Iran, South Korea and on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan.

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