Wuhan: The head of a leading hospital in China’s central city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak, died of COVID-19 on Tuesday, state television said, becoming the second prominent Chinese doctor to have succumbed to the outbreak.
Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuhan Wuchang Hospital, died at 10:30am, it said.
Earlier this month, millions in China mourned the death of Li Wenliang, a doctor who was previously reprimanded for issuing an early warning about the coronavirus.
Tens of thousands of medical workers have been fighting to contain the spread of COVID-19 believed to have first surfaced in a seafood market in Wuhan, the capital of the central province of Hubei.
As in the case of Li’s death, there was confusion on the Chinese internet about Liu’s condition on Monday night.
On Monday night, the Communist Party propaganda department of the Hubei health Commission wrote in a social media post that Liu had died.