A 29-year-old doctor has died from the coronavirus disease, one of the youngest known fatalities of the epidemic and the latest among medical workers.
Peng Yinhua died Thursday, February 20, 2020 after becoming infected while working at Wuhan’s Jiangxia district People’s No. 1 Hospital, official news agency Xinhua reported.
Yinhua had planned to get married during the Lunar New Year holiday, but postponed his wedding to help treat coronavirus patients.
The news agency said Yinhua never got to send out his wedding invitations, which are still in his office drawer.
At least eight medical professionals have been killed by the virus, which experts believe is generally most dangerous for elderly patients and those with underlying conditions.
Chinese authorities have not disclosed the age range of fatalities in weeks.
More than 2,200 people have now died and more than 75,000 have been infected in China.
The youngest known confirmed patient is a baby in Wuhan who tested positive for the virus just 30 hours after birth.
Chinese authorities say more than 1,700 medical workers have been infected, most in central Hubei province, where Wuhan is located.
People took to social media to mourn Peng Yinhua on Friday, February 21, 2020 with many expressing shock at his death.