Coronavirus outbreak

Life and death in a Wuhan ICU

A Chinese doctor who warned about the outbreak before it was officially recognised died of the virus yesterday, triggering a wave of public mourning and praise for medical staff. In an interview with Caixin Global, Dr Peng Zhiyong describes what doctors and nurses are facing at Ground Zero in Wuhan.

WUHAN • In the coronavirus epidemic, doctors on the front lines take on the greatest risk and best understand the situation. Dr Peng Zhiyong, director of acute medicine at the Wuhan University South Central Hospital, is one of these doctors.

In an interview on Tuesday with Caixin, Dr Peng described his experience in first encountering the disease early last month and quickly grasping its virulent potential and the need for stringent quarantine measures.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 08, 2020, with the headline 'Life and death in a Wuhan ICU'. Subscribe