Chinese Doctor Who Voiced Concerns Over Coronavirus Dies Of Viral Disease

Late last December, a Chinese doctor voiced concerns about the new coronavirus, after which he got threatened by the Chinese government. Now, a new report reveals that the doctor died from the same illness just this Friday, February 7.

According to a statement released by the Wuhan Central Hospital, Dr. Li Wenliang died at exactly 2:58 a.m. Fridad after being put into a critical condition just the day before.

As a 34-year-old ophthalmologist, Wenliang promptly warned fellow clinicians in a private group chat back in December about a SARS-like illness that has been slowly popping up in hospitals in Wuhan, just before the virus started to really spread and get recognized as a threat. Unfortunately, he was then told by officials from the government to stop “making false comments.”

In fact, officials even visited him and accused him of having “severely disturbed the social order.” The officials then presented him with an official letter, which clearly warned him by saying "We solemnly warn you: If you keep being stubborn, with such impertinence, and continue this illegal activity, you will be brought to justice — is that understood?" The doctor then signed the letter.

However, he was lauded on Chinese social media as a hero for speaking out when he himself got diagnosed with the illness earlier in January. Local authorities then apologized to him for the threat. Unfortunately, Wenliang was unable to combat the virus and passed away.

Global Public Health Emergency

Just last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus as a global public health emergency. In a release on Thursdy, however, WHO said that it’s still too early to say whether the outbreak has already reached its peak, or if it can still go up.

As per the latest statistics, the virus has already managed to infect more than 28,000 people and killed 565 of them. And while the total cases of infections in the U.S. have reached 12 (spread across six states), the majority of the outbreak is still focused in China.

Experts and scientists are reportedly still hard at work creating a vaccine to stop it.

Wuhan Coronavirus Wuhan seafood market closed after the new coronavirus was detected there for the first time on January 1, 2020. SISTEMA 12/Wikimedia Commons