Covid-19 kills 6 health workers, infects 1,700 in China

The risks faced by medical staff on the frontline of the Covid-19 outbreak were highlighted on February 7, when whistle-blowing doctor Li Wenliang succumbed to the disease in Wuhan, the virus epicentre. – AFP pic, February 14, 2020.

SIX health workers have died from a new coronavirus in China and more than 1,700 infected, health officials said today, underscoring the risks that doctors and nurses face due to shortages of protective gear.

The figure comes a week after public anger erupted over the death of a whistle-blowing doctor, who had been reprimanded and silenced by police after raising the alarm about the virus last December.

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