Liu Zhiming, Director of Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, the epicentre of Covid-19 (coronavirus-) outbreak, died from the disease on Tuesday.
Liu had taken part in the battle against the virus from the start and had made “important contributions in the work of fighting and controlling” the virus, Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said.
“Unfortunately he became infected and passed away at 10:54 Tuesday morning at the age of 51 after all-out efforts to save him failed,” the commission said.
The total death toll in China has risen above 2,000. More than 75,000 people have been infected, with over 1,000 cases outside mainland China.