- The Chinese media has reported that the head of Wuchang Hospital Liu Zhiming died today
- Reports emerged last week claiming that the 51-year-old nurse had died
- The same officials who confirmed his death retracted those reports a few hours later
Over 1,8000 people all over the globe have now died from the killer novel disease, coronavirus.
Also, over 71,430 are now infected with the disease, known as COVID-19, which started in Wuhan, China late last year.
Meanwhile, reports have it that the infection rate has started slowing down in recent days.
According to reports from a news outlet based in Chongqing, Red Star News, Dr Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuchang Hospital had died today from the virus.
The Red Star News said that it has verified the new from various sources.
According to the newspaper, One doctor at Wuchang Hospital said that he was disheartened by Dr Liu’s death.
Again, another person said Mr Liu had always been healthy; that he was shocked by the news of his passing.
The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission has subsequently released a report to confirm his death this morning.
A Wuhan health official earlier claimed that they were still trying to rescue Mr Liu; even though the media had already reported his death.
Prior to his death, Liu Fan, a 59-year-old nurse in the same hospital died last Friday from the disease. She contracted the virus from work.
According to Online news, it was alleged that she was infected due to the shortage of medical supplies in Wuhan.
The reports said she could not get a hazmat suit as a result of the alleged shortage.
However, the hospital dismissed the assertions.
It also said that the 59-year-old was not working on the front line of the hospital but in a neighbourhood clinic.
In any case, Wuchang Hospital released a statement, saying it tried its best to revive Ms Liu, but she passed away on Friday.
‘To lose such a good nurse, we are deeply distressed,’ the hospital added.
His death led to an uproar among the Chinese public because he was initially silenced by the government when he first raised the alarm of the virus.