First medical professional dies of Wuhan virus

Ear, nose and throat specialist dies at hospital in Hubei, suspected of having new coronavirus

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The death of an otolaryngologist in Hubei Province, China, suspected of having the new coronavirus, was confirmed on Saturday (Jan. 25).

Chinese news outlet, The Paper (澎拜), reported the death of the ear, nose, and throat specialist at Xinhua Hospital in Hubei's Liang Wudong. According to the report, Liang, a retired doctor in the hospital's otolaryngology department, is thought to have been infected on Jan. 16.

On Jan. 18, he was transferred to Jinyintan Hospital. He died on Jan. 25 at 7 a.m., aged 62.

The Deputy Director of Jinyintan Hospital, Ju Hu, confirmed the death. However, he said, he was unsure as to the role Liang played in the treatment of the outbreak prior to his hospitalization.