Cops say a man who tested positive for the coronavirus has been arrested for beating up and biting a Chinese nurse on the face while attempting to avoid quarantine.
Images of Wang Hong show her swollen face covered with blood, bruises and a laceration under her left eye, which she reportedly sustained when patient Okonkwonwoye Chika Patrick, 47, bit her while resisting treatment.
According to local police, the incident happened at 7:28pm local time on 1st April inside the quarantine ward at Guangzhou Eighth People’s Hospital, in the capital of Guangdong Province in South China.
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Patrick, a Nigerian passport holder, arrived in China on 20th March when he tested positive for COVID-19.
He was sent to Guangzhou Eighth People’s Hospital on 23rd March, the authorities said.
Ms Wang, a fever clinic nurse, was attempting to conduct further tests on Mr Patrick when he reportedly refused and tried to walk out of the hospital’s quarantine ward.
Guangzhou police said Mr Patrick “pushed” Ms Wang to the ground, “beat up” and then “bit” the health worker on the face.
He was subdued by hospital security staff and handed over to local officers, who now have him detained in “supervised quarantine treatment”.
He is to be charged once he is released from treatment, the police said.
Footage taken by one of Ms Wang’s colleagues show her sobbing while standing in shock and revealing the injuries on her face.
The hospital said Ms Wang suffered injuries to her face, neck and waist.
She was wearing personal protective equipment at the time of the incident, and has been tested for exposure to a variety of possible infections, including COVID-19.
Guangzhou Eighth People’s Hospital, which is the largest infectious diseases facility across China’s southern regions, said it had increased security after the incident.
Further investigations are understood to be ongoing.
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