Caixin
Apr 02, 2020 08:17 PM
SOCIETY & CULTURE

Video of Nurse Allegedly Attacked by Foreign Covid-19 Patient Goes Viral

What’s new: A 47-year-old Nigerian national has allegedly injured a nurse while resisting quarantine measures after testing positive for Covid-19 in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, according to the city’s public security authorities.

According to a police report on Thursday, the suspect, named Okonkwonwoye Chika Patrick, refused on Wednesday to give his blood for testing, and attempted to force his way out of his room at the Guangzhou No.8 People’s Hospital, where he was quarantined. He’s accused of pushing, beating and biting a nurse, surnamed Wang.

The suspect is now quarantined and being treated under police supervision, awaiting further “enforcement measures” upon the end of his treatment.

More details: The suspect had tested positive for Covid-19 upon entry to Guangzhou on March 20 and was sent to No.8 Hospital on March 23, and remained positive for the virus.

In a video circulating on Chinese social media, a visibly distraught nurse is shown with scratch marks on her face and neck as well as a wound underneath her left eye, although the video does not show how she received the injuries. Separately a medical exam concluded that she received minor injuries to her waist area as well. The foreign ministry is also looking into the incident, according to people familiar with the matter.

China has a longstanding problem with violence against medical staff with a survey (link in Chinese) in 2019 by Dingxiang Yuan, an online site for healthcare professionals, finding 85% of doctors had experienced violence in their workplace. A new law specifically protecting medical staff is due to come in on June 1.

As of March 31, Guangzhou’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention the city had a total of 92 cases of imported Covid-19 infections, 22 of which were among foreign nationals. Currently, all infected individuals that arrived from abroad are being treated at No.8 Hospital.

On March 28, China began to enforce a ban on foreign nationals with prior visas or residence permits from entering the country citing fears of the rising number of imported infections.

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Related: China to Suspend Entry of Foreigners as Covid-19 Accelerates Abroad

Contact reporter Dave Yin (davidyin@caixin.com) and editor Joshua Dummer (joshuadummer@caixin.com)

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