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One more Wuhan doctor dies from coronavirus

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By PTI Updated: Feb 21, 2020 10:36 pm
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Wuhan, Feb. 21 (IANS/PTI): Peng Yinhua, a doctor from a Wuhan hospital that receives patients infected with the deadly coronavirus, has died from the virus, authorities said on Friday.

Peng, 29, a respiratory acute care medical professional, became infected while working at the First People’s Hospital of Jiangxia district of Wuhan, reports Xinhua news agency.

He was hospitalized on January 25 and transferred to the Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital for treatment five days later.

He died at 9.50 p.m. on Thursday despite doctors’ all-out efforts to save his life.

Peng’s death comes just days after Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuchang hospital in Wuhan, died of the disease on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old doctor in Wuhan who was sanctioned for attempting to bring the coronavirus to light, had died.

Xi warns coronavirus yet to peak amidst its spread to Chinese prisons; death toll over 2,200

The deadly coronavirus, which has brought the world’s second largest economy to a standstill, has not yet peaked, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned the ruling Communist party officials on Friday amidst its spread to prisons across the country as the death toll climbed to over 2,200.

The death toll has gone up to 2,236 while the overall confirmed infection cases have climbed to 75,567, the country’s health officials said amidst mounting concern over its spread to prisons in different provinces.

The coronavirus epidemic had not reached its peak despite a drop in the daily number of infections, state broadcaster CCTV quoted Xi as saying at a meeting of the Communist party’s Politburo on Friday.

He said that the situation in Hubei, the worst-hit province, was still serious.

“The battles to defend Hubei province and Wuhan should be well fought, and measures should be taken to contain the spread of the outbreak,” Xi said, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

The peaking of the virus is keenly awaited in China as it also means that the disease will then begin to abate.

A noted Chinese health expert, Zhong Nanshan, said early this month that the virus may reach its peak in the next 10 to 14 days, contrary to earlier estimates of climaxing sooner.

This means that the cases would drastically increase in the later part of February.

Much to the horror of health officials, the disease now has spread to five Chinese prisons where 447 cases of the virus have been reported.

The virus has speared to prisons in the provinces of Hubei, Shandong and Zhejiang, He Ping, an official in-charge of the Bureau of Prison Administration of the Ministry of Justice, told media here.

This led to a sacking spree of officials in nearly a dozen prisons and the justice department, state-run Global Times reported.

The infections in prisons, experts say, revealed the blind zones in the national campaign against the epidemic.

He pledged all-out efforts to quarantine suspected cases and their close contacts and timely treatment for all of those confirmed of the virus.

Prisons across the country were also ordered to step-up monitoring track records of all prison guards and officers to prevent the spread of the virus into prison premises, He added.

After the prison cases, Hubei province, the centre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, revised its figures reporting 631 new confirmed cases and 115 new deaths.

The local health commission revised up the number of confirmed cases by 220.

After the revision, the total confirmed cases in Hubei has reached 62,662. Wuhan, the provincial capital, recorded a total of 45,346 confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, China has postponed the Boao Forum for Asia, its most prestigious annul meeting held in the picturesque Hainan province where it would invite top world leaders to discuss economy, trade and related issues.

The forum was expected to take place from March 24-27.

China hinted at postponing the annual parliament session to be held in the first week of March.

Plans are also afoot to postpone the National People’s Congress — the country’s parliament — and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) — China’s top political advisory body, official media reported. China is the world’s second largest economy after the US.

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By PTI Updated: Feb 21, 2020 10:36:20 pm