Shortage of medical staff in Hubei Province, coronavirus outbreak center

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The province, the epicenter of the new Coruna virus outbreak, is still suffering from a severe shortage of medical personnel, said Chinese Vice Governor Yang Yunyan on Thursday.

Yang said in a press conference broadcast on state television, the number of devices for examining the suspects is sufficient, but there are not enough medical teams to operate these devices and take samples and test them.

“The prevention and control of the epidemic has entered a critical stage, but there is still a relatively large shortage of medical personnel,” Yang said.

“We have received requests from nine cities and provinces to send more medical teams. According to the initial estimate, we have a shortfall of 2,250 employees. This is just an optimistic estimate on my part.”

563 people have died in China from the virus so far, most of them in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province. On Thursday, the mainland had a death toll of 73. The first cases were recorded in Wuhan late last year. The total number of confirmed cases of the virus in China has exceeded 28,000.

China has seen cities closed and flights canceled, as factories closed their doors, affecting the supply lines of major companies around the world.


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