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The noted Wuhan victims of the coronavirus

The noted Wuhan victims of the coronavirus

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  1. >Coronavirus: The noted victims of the virus in Wuhan

    >A bodybuilder. An artist. A scientist. Senior doctors.

    >Across China, more than 1,800 people who lost their lives to Covid-19 are being mourned – the majority of them in the virus epicentre of Wuhan.

    >Each death is devastating to their loved ones, but among the dead in Wuhan are some people who were noted figures in their field.

    >Here are a few of them.

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    >**The hospital director: Liu Zhiming**

    >Last week, a senior Chinese health official said that 1,716 health workers had been infected by the coronavirus and six had died.

    >On Tuesday, Liu Zhiming was added to the list.

    >Dr Liu, 51, was the director of Wuhan Wuchang Hospital – one of the first hospitals to be a designated virus centre.

    >His death was initially reported by Chinese media late on Monday, but media outlets later did a U-turn and said doctors were trying to save him.

    >The next morning his death was confirmed. He was the first hospital director to die from the virus, and it is not known if he had suffered from any underlying conditions to increase his risk.

    >**The whistle-blowing doctor: Li Wenliang**

    >On 6 February, media outlets reported that he was dead, then later retracted it, saying that doctors were working to save him. They confirmed his death a day later.

    >Millions have mourned Dr Li, and his death sparked a wave of anger, grief and overwhelming sense of mistrust towards the government.

    >Many were furious that the government had tried to stifle his earlier warnings about the virus and accused them of also trying to cover up his death.

    >**The film director: Chang Kai**

    >A note, reportedly written by him and passed around by a friend, revealed the ordeal the 55-year-old had to go through before his death.

    >According to the note, which was published in full by news site Caixin, his father had come down with a fever, cough and had difficulty breathing.

    >”He was taken to many hospitals for treatment, but [was] told no beds [were] available,” said the note. “[We were] extremely disappointed… [and] went home.”

    >A few days later his father died, followed afterwards by his mother, who was “physically and mentally exhausted”.

    >”The ruthless virus also devoured my wife and my body. I went to various hospitals and begged [to be admitted]. Beds were hard to find… we are nobody,” he said in his note. “We missed the opportunity for healing and my breath was weak.”

    >Chang Kai and his wife were later admitted to hospital, but according to local reports, his condition had deteriorated too much.

    >He died on 14 February, with his wife still battling the illness. He leaves behind a son, who is reportedly studying in the UK

    >**The painter: Liu Shouxiang**

    >His death was mourned by many on social media site Weibo, with one saying it was the death of a great “talent”.

    >”It takes decades to train a talent and only a few days to end that life,” said one comment.

    >”How many talents have been taken away by this virus?” another asked. “The financial cost of the virus is great but can the value of these people ever be measured?”

    >**The scientist: Duan Zhengcheng**

    >The 86-year-old was a former academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a chief scientist at the National Engineering Research Centre for Digital Manufacturing.

    >According to news site The Global Times, he went on to develop the world’s first whole body gamma knife in 1996 – a type of radiation therapy used to treat tumours. This earned him a national award in 2005.

    >He was known by his students as the “medical madman” because he never gave up on anything, said the report.

    >**The bodybuilder: Qiu Jun**

    >Qiu Jun from Wuhan was thrust into the spotlight last year when pictures showing the 72-year-old bodybuilding started to go viral.

    >According to Phoenix News, he only began working out after his retirement, joining a gym and eventually going on to coach others and participating in bodybuilding competitions.

    >He was known to visit the gym religiously and had plans to compete in another bodybuilding competition later this June.

    >He started showing symptoms on 23 January and was eventually admitted to hospital after testing positive.

    >But he died days later on 6 February. His son reportedly sent this message to friends and family, informing them of his father’s death: “The father who never got sick could not escape the disaster.

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