The first death has occurred due to coronavirus in Hong Kong today. On the other hand, China’s top leadership has accepted ‘shortcomings and deficiencies’ in the country’s efforts to combat the outbreak of the deadly virus.
This is the second death outside China.
Hospital staff reported that a 39-year-olf male had visited Wuhan and had been suffering from severe illness.
The first death had occurred in the Philippines. A Chinese man, 44, traveled from Wuhan to the Philippines. He then died.
Hundreds of medical workers had been on strike in Hong Kong as they compel the government to shut down the city’s borders with mainland China.
Cheng, a nurse attending the strike, said, “As Carrie Lam refused to close the border, more (deaths) might come. … We are not threatening the government, we just want to prevent the outbreak,”
Politburo Standing Committee admitted the shortcomings. China’s emergency management system called Politburo standing Committee for improvement.
It also directed a “severe” crackdown on illegal wildlife markets from where the virus has originated.
Note that over 425 people in China have lost their lives and more than 20,000 cases are confirmed.
The government’s initial handling of the virus has faced wide criticism.
Officials are blamed for downplaying the cruelty of viruses at the beginning of the origin and in some cases, not revealing full news of it.