Liu Zhiming, director of the Wuchang hospital in Wuhan where the deadly novel coronavirus is said to have originated, has died.
The director’s death came less than two weeks after the whistleblower doctor, Li Wenliang who was one of the first doctors to sound the alarm on the coronavirus died from the infection.
Prior to his death, the 34-year-old ophthalmologist, was reprimanded by officials after warning about the disease in December. His death has sparked numerous public outrage.
The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said that Liu Zhiming also played a significant role in the fight against the novel coronavirus, which has been named Covid-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO).
On Wednesday the coronavirus death toll reached 2,118 with at least 108 of the fatalities being recorded in the Hubei Province. According to data from the Johns Hopkins University’s virus tracker, a total of 31,388 infections have been reported globally.
Chinese state media said that 10 quarantine centres have been set up in Wuhan, home to about 11 million people as part of efforts to reduce the impact of the virus. It said that house-to-house checks were also being conducted in order to identify persons showing mild symptoms of the infection.
Although the number of reported cases has decreased over the past week, the Chinese government, especially the local leadership, continues to face widespread criticism from the public over its handling of the outbreak.