Photos: The Chinese health workers fighting coronavirus

The new coronavirus has taken a growing toll of Chinese health workers on the front line of the fight to stop it, a top official said on Friday, with the death toll in mainland China reaching 1,770 as of Sunday-end, up by 105 from the previous day, while there were 2,048 new cases, bringing the total count to 70,548.

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A medical worker takes a break during her night shift at a community health service centre, which has an isolated section to receive patients with mild symptoms caused by the novel coronavirus and suspected patients, in Wuhan. The COVID-19 coronavirus has taken a growing toll on Chinese health workers on the front line of the fight to stop it, a top official said on Friday. (China Daily via REUTERS)

A medical worker takes a break during her night shift at a community health service centre, which has an isolated section to receive patients with mild symptoms caused by the novel coronavirus and suspected patients, in Wuhan. The COVID-19 coronavirus has taken a growing toll on Chinese health workers on the front line of the fight to stop it, a top official said on Friday. (China Daily via REUTERS)

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A nurse in a protective suit feeds a novel coronavirus patient inside an isolated ward at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, during the Lantern Festival, which marks the end of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations. (China Daily via REUTERS)

A nurse in a protective suit feeds a novel coronavirus patient inside an isolated ward at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, during the Lantern Festival, which marks the end of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations. (China Daily via REUTERS)

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Medical workers attend to novel coronavirus patients at the intensive care unit (ICU) of a designated hospital in Wuhan. The death toll in mainland China reached 1,770 as of Sunday-end, up by 105 from the previous day, while there were 2,048 new cases, bringing the total count to 70,548. (China Daily via REUTERS)

Medical workers attend to novel coronavirus patients at the intensive care unit (ICU) of a designated hospital in Wuhan. The death toll in mainland China reached 1,770 as of Sunday-end, up by 105 from the previous day, while there were 2,048 new cases, bringing the total count to 70,548. (China Daily via REUTERS)

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A makeshift memorial for Li Wenliang, a doctor who issued an early warning about the coronavirus outbreak before it was officially recognized, is seen after Li died of the virus, at an entrance to the Central Hospital of Wuhan on February 7. (REUTERS)

A makeshift memorial for Li Wenliang, a doctor who issued an early warning about the coronavirus outbreak before it was officially recognized, is seen after Li died of the virus, at an entrance to the Central Hospital of Wuhan on February 7. (REUTERS)

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A medical worker moves a novel coronavirus patient in a wheelchair at a hospital in Wuhan. In Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, 1,933 new cases and 100 new deaths were reported—the lowest daily death count since February 11. (China Daily via REUTERS)

A medical worker moves a novel coronavirus patient in a wheelchair at a hospital in Wuhan. In Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, 1,933 new cases and 100 new deaths were reported—the lowest daily death count since February 11. (China Daily via REUTERS)

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A medical worker helps a patient with CT (computed tomography) scan at the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University. There has been a jump in cases nationwide, due to a change in methodology to include results from quicker CT scans that reveal lung infections, rather than relying just on laboratory tests to confirm cases. (China Daily via REUTERS)

A medical worker helps a patient with CT (computed tomography) scan at the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University. There has been a jump in cases nationwide, due to a change in methodology to include results from quicker CT scans that reveal lung infections, rather than relying just on laboratory tests to confirm cases. (China Daily via REUTERS)

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Medical workers in protective suits check a CT scan image of a patient at a community health service centre in Wuhan. The Chinese health commission vice minister, Zeng Yixin, said 1,716 health workers had been infected and six had died as of Tuesday last week, with the number of infected staff rising. (China Daily via REUTERS)

Medical workers in protective suits check a CT scan image of a patient at a community health service centre in Wuhan. The Chinese health commission vice minister, Zeng Yixin, said 1,716 health workers had been infected and six had died as of Tuesday last week, with the number of infected staff rising. (China Daily via REUTERS)

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A medical worker in protective suit adjusts a drip bag for a patient at a hospital in Wuhan. “The duties of medical workers at the front are indeed extremely heavy; their working and resting circumstances are limited, the psychological pressures are great, and the risk of infection is high,” Zeng told a news conference. (China Daily via REUTERS)

A medical worker in protective suit adjusts a drip bag for a patient at a hospital in Wuhan. “The duties of medical workers at the front are indeed extremely heavy; their working and resting circumstances are limited, the psychological pressures are great, and the risk of infection is high,” Zeng told a news conference. (China Daily via REUTERS)

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A medical worker removes her protective suit after her shift at a hospital in Caidian district in Wuhan. Chinese officials and hospitals have repeatedly spoken of a shortage of protective equipment, including face masks. (China Daily via REUTERS)

A medical worker removes her protective suit after her shift at a hospital in Caidian district in Wuhan. Chinese officials and hospitals have repeatedly spoken of a shortage of protective equipment, including face masks. (China Daily via REUTERS)

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Funeral parlour staff members in protective suits help a colleague with disinfection after they transferred a body at a hospital in Wuhan. The new figures for total infections gave no sign the outbreak was nearing a peak, Adam Kamradt-Scott, an infectious diseases expert at the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney, told Reuters. (China Daily via REUTERS)

Funeral parlour staff members in protective suits help a colleague with disinfection after they transferred a body at a hospital in Wuhan. The new figures for total infections gave no sign the outbreak was nearing a peak, Adam Kamradt-Scott, an infectious diseases expert at the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney, told Reuters. (China Daily via REUTERS)

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Workers at the production line manufacturing detection kits for the new coronavirus at a company, in Taizhou, Jiangsu province. Chinese scientists are testing two antiviral drugs and preliminary results are due in weeks, while the head of a Wuhan hospital told Reuters that plasma infusions from recovered patients had shown some encouraging preliminary results. (Cnsphoto via REUTERS)

Workers at the production line manufacturing detection kits for the new coronavirus at a company, in Taizhou, Jiangsu province. Chinese scientists are testing two antiviral drugs and preliminary results are due in weeks, while the head of a Wuhan hospital told Reuters that plasma infusions from recovered patients had shown some encouraging preliminary results. (Cnsphoto via REUTERS)

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A medical worker holds a thermometer to check a passenger's temperature at a checkpoint in Susong County, Anhui province. “While the Chinese authorities are doing their best to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the fairly drastic measures they have implemented to date would appear to have been too little, too late,” Kamradt-Scott said. (Thomas Peter / REUTERS)

A medical worker holds a thermometer to check a passenger's temperature at a checkpoint in Susong County, Anhui province. “While the Chinese authorities are doing their best to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the fairly drastic measures they have implemented to date would appear to have been too little, too late,” Kamradt-Scott said. (Thomas Peter / REUTERS)

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A nurse takes the temperature of a woman in the reception area of the First People's Hospital in Yueyang, near the border to Hubei Province, which is under partial lockdown. Outside China, more than 500 cases have been confirmed, mostly of people who travelled from Chinese cities, with five deaths in Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, France and Taiwan. (Thomas Peter / REUTERS)

A nurse takes the temperature of a woman in the reception area of the First People's Hospital in Yueyang, near the border to Hubei Province, which is under partial lockdown. Outside China, more than 500 cases have been confirmed, mostly of people who travelled from Chinese cities, with five deaths in Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, France and Taiwan. (Thomas Peter / REUTERS)

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Workers labour at the construction site of the new Huoshenshan Hospital, a makeshift hospital for treating patients of the new coronavirus, in Wuhan. The city’s first makeshift hospital, Huoshenshan—built from scratch in just eight days—started to receive patients on February 03. (China Daily via REUTERS)

Workers labour at the construction site of the new Huoshenshan Hospital, a makeshift hospital for treating patients of the new coronavirus, in Wuhan. The city’s first makeshift hospital, Huoshenshan—built from scratch in just eight days—started to receive patients on February 03. (China Daily via REUTERS)

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Workers with sanitizing equipment walk up a flight of stairs as they disinfect a railway station, in Kunming, Yunnan province. The biggest cluster of infections outside China has been on a cruise liner quarantined in a Japanese port. Seventy more infections were confirmed on board the Diamond Princess on Sunday, bringing the number of cases from the ship to 355. (Cnsphoto via REUTERS)

Workers with sanitizing equipment walk up a flight of stairs as they disinfect a railway station, in Kunming, Yunnan province. The biggest cluster of infections outside China has been on a cruise liner quarantined in a Japanese port. Seventy more infections were confirmed on board the Diamond Princess on Sunday, bringing the number of cases from the ship to 355. (Cnsphoto via REUTERS)

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Workers clean a shopping mall, in Beijing's central business district. A surge in China’s reported cases does not indicate a wider epidemic, the World Health Organization said last week. “This is not a sign that the outbreak is suddenly exploding,” said WHO official Simeon Bennett. “We see no significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak.” (China Daily via REUTERS)

Workers clean a shopping mall, in Beijing's central business district. A surge in China’s reported cases does not indicate a wider epidemic, the World Health Organization said last week. “This is not a sign that the outbreak is suddenly exploding,” said WHO official Simeon Bennett. “We see no significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak.” (China Daily via REUTERS)

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