Chinese doctor who warned about coronavirus passes away after infected by it

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Published: March 2,2020 12:16 PM
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A Chinese doctor who was among the first to warn publicly about the new coronavirus outbreak - and was reprimanded by authorities for his candor - died of the infection early on Thursday, his hospital

February 7, 2020: A Chinese doctor who was among the first to warn publicly about the new coronavirus outbreak - and was reprimanded by authorities for his candor - died of the infection early on Thursday, his hospital announced.



Li Wenliang, 34, first raised the alarm about the new coronavirus in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, hospital officials said.



He had warned his classmates in a private WeChat message about a new "SARS-like" coronavirus - a reference to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) which killed almost 800 people around the world in 2002-2003.



It may be stated that China was accused of trying to cover up SARS back then.



The screnshots of Li's messages which later went viral triggered the wrath of Wuhan police.



He was forced to sign a letter on January 3 saying he had "severely disrupted social order" and was threatened with criminal charges.



Chinese President Xi Jinping had earlier sought to reassure his citizens and the world that China would beat the coronavirus.



Li's death sparked grief and outrage on Chinese social media, where netizens hailed him as a martyr.