This video seen 100 million times shows a Chinese nurse working in quarantine sharing an ‘air hug’ with her sobbing daughter who has not seen her for a week.
Nurse Liu Haiyan is among 40 other medical workers stationed in the quarantine zone of the infectious diseases department at Fugou County People’s Hospital in China’s central province of Henan.
They have worked and lived in near total isolation for what is now 10 days while treating patients infected with the deadly Wuhan coronavirus.
In a video shared on 31st January, Ms Liu is visited by nine-year-old daughter Cheng Shiwen and husband Cheng Xiaoshen, who bring her a box of freshly cooked dumplings.
In the tear-jerking reunion, Ms Liu stands several metres away from her daughter as the young girl sobs and says: “Mum, I really miss you!”
Ms Liu responds: “Mum misses you too. Let me give you a hug?”
Young Shiwen adds: “Can you come home sooner?”
Ms Liu says through tears: “Mum is fighting a monster. As soon as we defeat this virus mum will be home.”
The Wuhan coronavirus, which presents with respiratory symptoms and sometimes even severe pneumonia, has killed 361 people in mainland China and one in the Philippines.
Nearly 17,400 people have been infected with the disease, which the World Health Organization has now declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
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