Wuhan doctor recounts anxiety and fears from virus frontline
07 March 2020 | 2:00 pm
One month after makeshift hospitals were set up in the Chinese city of Wuhan to cope with the coronavirus outbreak, frontline doctor Ma Yonggang is beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. In an online video interview -- arranged by China's State Council -- he says that at the start of the outbreak there were not enough beds and that he and his colleagues were worried about becoming infected, but that the situation has since improved.
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