According to a report in China Times, a couple in Heze, Shandong, held a 10-minute wedding on the morning of January 30 before the groom rushed back to treat patients. As the wedding had been planned before the outbreak, the couple decided to go ahead with it, inviting only their parents to attend.
The groom, Li Zhiqiang, works as an obstetrics clinician at the Second Hospital of Shandong University. After his super-short wedding, he went back to the hospital to help deal with the coronavirus crisis.
His bride, Yu Hongyan, supported his decision to keep the wedding simple. Photos that have been shared on Chinese social media platforms like Weibo show the newlyweds posing with masks on their faces.
The coronavirus outbreak has claimed 490 lives in China. In the Hubei province – whose capital Wuhan is believed to be the epicenter of the deadly outbreak – about 56 million people have been put under virtual lockdown since last week to contain the spread of infection.
After more than 20 countries confirmed the cases of infection, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared coronavirus a global health emergency.