The Sift Here’s what we’re Sifting today

Coronavirus takes out more health workers

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/18/20, 10:23 am

The hospital director in hard-hit Wuhan, China, succumbed to the coronavirus, the city’s health bureau said Tuesday. Liu Zhiming is one of six other health workers in the country who have died from the disease. Chinese officials said it would designate them as state martyrs.

How are global travelers faring? Japan’s two-week quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship ends Wednesday. American passengers evacuated on Monday, and several other countries plan to send charter flights in the coming days. The virus had infected up to 542 passengers by Tuesday. An 83-year-old American woman tested positive for the virus aboard the Westerdam cruise ship that docked in Cambodia over the weekend.

Dig deeper: Read the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak from the World Health Organization.


Read more from The Sift Sign up for The Sift email
Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

Read more from this writer
ADVERTISEMENT