A medical worker is seen at the intensive care unit of Jinyintan hospital in Wuhan, Hubei province.

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Chinese officials said that 1,716 healthcare workers in China have been infected by the coronavirus. Six of them are dead.

“Health workers are the glue that holds the health system and outbreak response together,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, adding that “we need to know more ” about how they are getting sick. 

Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in December, is also home to 1,102 infected staff.

On Friday, Beijing’s National Health Commission disclosed for the first time that nearly half a million people have come in contact with infected patients.

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