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Hospital director Liu Zhiming passes away in Wuhan due to Corona Virus

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According to a statement released by local government authorities, Liu Zhiming, director of the Wuchang hospital in Wuhan has himself died of the Coronavirus. He has become one of the most prominent victims since the disease first appeared at the end of last year.

Liu was a neurosurgeon and the most senior health worker known to have died as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. His death could renew criticism that the government has not done enough to protect frontline medical workers, many of whom are overworked and overstretched.

Chinese officials reported 1,886 new cases, the first time the daily figure has fallen below 2,000 since January 30, bringing the mainland China total to 72,436. The figure of 98 new deaths marked the first time the daily toll had fallen below 100 since February 11, bringing the overall toll to 1,886.

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