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WHO expresses sadness as coronavirus kills Chinese doctor

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection killed a Chinese physician, Dr Li Wenliang, expressing sadness over the doctor’s death.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images

WHO, in a tweet posted on its official Twitter page on Thursday, February 6, 2020 said, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr Li Wenliang. We all need to celebrate work that he did on #2019nCoV.”

Wenliang, on Feb. 6, died of the novel coronavirus infection at an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) room.

WHO had disclosed that as of 6.00a.m Geneva time on Feb. 6, there were 28,060 confirmed 2019-nCoV cases in China and 564 deaths.

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It said outside China, there were 225 cases in 24 countries, with one death.

Wenliang, born on Oct. 12, 1986 in Beizhen, Liaoning, China, studied Clinical Medicine at Wuhan University for seven years where he acquired his M.Med. Degree.

After graduation, he worked in Xiamen, Fujian, China for three years before he returned to Wuhan and worked as an Ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital.

The new coronavirus (known as 2019-nCoV) was first reported in Wuhan City, China, on Dec. 31, 2019. 

By Oluwafunke Ishola

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