By Bohol Island News Staff | 12:55 PM January 25, 2020
A doctor who had been at the front line in battling the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, has died from the new virus, State-run China Global Television Network reported Saturday.
Liang Wudong was a doctor at the Hubei Xinhua Hospital in Hubei province, where the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019 nCoV) began, CTGN said in Twitter post. He was 62, it added.
CGTN reported that at least 41 people have died and 1,297 others infected in China as of Saturday.
The deadly new virus has reached parts Asia, the United States, and France.
Authorities in China have imposed indefinite travel restrictions on tens of millions of people across 11 cities to contain the virus, CNN reported Saturday.
The Guardian reported that 13 Chinese cities are in lockdown as they scramble to stem the spread of the Sars-like infection, which has now reached Europe, the US and Australia.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious diseases such as such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
They can be transmitted between animal and human, or from infected human to another human
The Department of Health (DOH) announced on Friday that samples from the child suspected of being infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) tested negative for the said virus.
The test was performed at the Victorian Infectious Disease Reference Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia, the statement said.