A total of 1,716 Chinese medical workers had been infected with the novel coronavirus by Feb 11, accounting for 3.8 percent of the overall confirmed cases in China, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on Friday.
Among them, six people had died from the virus, standing at 0.4 percent of the country's total deaths, said Zeng Yixin, deputy director of the NHC, at a press conference.
The number of infected medics in Hubei province, hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak, reached 1,502, or 87.5 percent of the national confirmed cases of medical staff, while the figure for the capital city of Wuhan was 1,102, or 73.4 percent of the infected medics in the province.
China had allocated 25.94 billion yuan by Thursday to improve working conditions of medical staff fighting the novel coronavirus, said Ou Wenhan, assistant finance minister, adding that the money was used to purchase medical equipment and protective materials and upgrade facilities in medical institutions.
Each frontline medical and epidemic prevention worker would receive a subsidy of 200 or 300 yuan per day according to different risk levels, which would be fully covered by the central finance, Ou said.
He also highlighted that the subsidies and bonuses that the frontline medical workers obtain should be exempt from individual income tax.
To address the overwhelming workload of medical staff at the front lines, Zeng said authorities will gauge adequate working hours and arrange shifts reasonably to secure enough rest for medical workers while meeting patient needs.
"In Hubei province, where the number of infected patients, especially those in severe condition, is particularly large, we have set up a maximum working time and ensured hospital administers rotate staff to ease their pressure," Zeng said.
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