'Hero' coronavirus worker dies after working 10 days straight

A Chinese worker has reportedly died from a cardiac arrest brought on by exhaustion after insisting on working 10 days straight to help fight the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Pharmacist Song Yingjie was based in Hunan, China, and was helping conduct temperature checks at motorway toll booths as well as distributing medical supplies in the area during the outbreak.

The 28-year-old reportedly insisted on working every day to help fight the virus.

He was working at least from 4pm to 12am for 10 days straight, according to the deputy director of the medical centre where Mr Song was a pharmacist, Zhou Xiaonian.

Chinese pharmacist Song Yingjie is pictured with his colleagues on the left and with a face mask, goggles and hair net on the right.
Pharmacist Song Yingjie pictured with his colleagues (left), and wearing goggles and a face mask (right). Source: Australscope

It is unclear how much overtime he may have done around the basic shift.

However, after finishing his shift on February 3, Mr Song reportedly dropped some of his colleagues off at their homes before going home to his dormitory.

His roommates then later found his dead body in the dormitory with reports stating he is believed to have died from a cardiac arrest brought on by exhaustion.

“I also have a daughter in Wuhan who can't come back. You're asking if I'm worried? I'm very worried,” his father, Song Guanghui, told reporters.

Song Yingjie reportedly insisted on working 10 days straight.
Mr Song reportedly insisted on working 10 days straight. Source: Australscope

The medical worker has been labelled a “hero” by social media users.

Mr Song’s uncle, who was unnamed, said: “My nephew was usually very amiable. No matter who he saw, he would always have a smile on his face.

“He would help his parents with farm work in the fields, plant saplings and do housework. It's not easy to find a young man like him.”

There have been 24,561 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with 492 deaths and 911 recoveries worldwide.


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