This is the moment an exhausted police officer who worked day and night with his colleagues during the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak loses consciousness and tumbles headlong down a set of stairs.
Wang Zhenguo, 29, worked 12-hour shifts for six days in a row between 23rd and 28th January when he finally collapsed at his office at the Linyi County Public Security Bureau in East China’s Shandong Province.
CCTV video shows Mr Wang walking between two floors when he suddenly stops and turns back due to discomfort.
As he attempts to walk back down the stairs, he faints and rolls down before being discovered by other police officers.
A member of the bureau’s disease control and prevention task force, Mr Wang’s job is to sort data and help confirm statistics including the number of patients killed or afflicted with the novel coronavirus strain.
According to reports, he and his colleagues have been hard at work since 29th December 2019, getting an average of four hours of sleep every day.
After he collapsed, Mr Wang was taken to Linyi County People’s Hospital for treatment, which included mainly bed rest.
However, he was back on his feet and back in the office just three days later.
Mr Wang told local media: “I was walking from the third floor to the fourth when I suddenly felt very weak and dizzy.
“I tried to go back but for some reason tumbled down the stairs.
“When I came round again, I was already lying at the bottom of the stairs.
“But it’s no big deal. I’m not going anywhere while the outbreak lasts.
“I didn’t even tell my family when I collapsed and wound up in hospital the other day.
“My wife told me off because of that, but she knows I’m a public servant.”
The Wuhan coronavirus – now according to the WHO a Public Health Emergency of International Concern – has killed 425 people and infected 20,438 in mainland China.
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