Chinese nurse’s husband ‘kerb crawls’ her journey to work to keep her safe

Whole cities in China are on lockdown in a bid to try to contain the the COVID-19 coronavirus that started in a Wuhan food market and has spread across the world.

But life still goes on, and people still need medical help for a variety of conditions.

A paediatric nurse based in a Wuhan hospital, Wang Xiaoting, has quarantined herself from her family for fear of infecting them with the virus.

She has booked herself into an hotel, and walks to work rather than use the family car.

But out of concern for Xiaoting, her husband Wang Yinghe delivers food to her hotel room while she’s at work, and even escorts her to the hospital, using his car’s headlights to light her way.

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Chinese media have published video of the couple's touching journey at 3am on the rainy streets of Wuhan, as Xiaoting was on her way to start an early shift.

"Even if the disease keeps them apart, he will protect her from as close as possible," the commentary on CGTN’s video says.

The couple talk on video chat every day, and look forward to the day when the outbreak is over an they can be together again.

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Over 67,000 people are now infected with COVID-19, most of them in mainland China. 1,527 people are known to have died from the infection.

At least six healthcare workers have died after catching the virus, including Li Wienlang– the doctor who first warned of the deadly disease’s rapid spread.

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In Shaanxi province a group of nurses who are being sent to reinforce medical efforts in Wuhan shaved their heads to reduce the number of places that pathogens can hide.

Their smooth scalps also make it easier for them to get in and out of their Hazmat suits.

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But despite the nurses’ never-say-die spirit, the stress of coping with thousands of cases of the virus is taking its toll on Chinese healthcare workers: "I think it is a strain for every doctor and every nurse in Wuhan, both physically and mentally," Beijing-based medic Candice Qin told The Washington Post.

"We know that patients are worried, but we should bear in mind that doctors are just as human as well."

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