This photo taken on February 13, 2020 shows a train attendant gesturing to medical staff leaving for Wuhan in Nanchang, China’s central Jiangxi province. – The death toll from the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic neared 1,400 on February 14, as the United States complained of a “lack of transparency” from Beijing over its handling of a crisis that has fuelled global panic. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUTSix health workers have died from the new coronavirus in China and more than 1,700 have been infected, health officials said Friday, underscoring the risks doctors and nurses have taken due to shortages of protective gear.
The figure comes a week after public anger erupted over the death of a whistleblowing doctor who had been reprimanded and silenced by police after raising the alarm about the virus in December.
Zeng Yixin, vice minister at the National Health Commission, said at a news conference that 1,716 health workers have been infected in the country as of Tuesday.