Coronavirus outbreak has killed a doctor who became a hero in China after sounding the alarm early about a new coronavirus outbreak.
33 years old Li Wenliang, aand an ophthalmologist at a hospital in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak; triggered an outpour of support on social media as he was fighting the disease that has so far killed more than 600 people; and infected tens of thousands.
Li had told state media the hospital management and party officials reprimanded him; after alerting his colleagues about a cluster of infections tied to an animal market in the city of Wuhan.
Li initially thought the disease was a resurgence of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS); an illness that killed hundreds across China in 2002-2003.
He became a national symbol of people’s attempts to find answers; about authorities’ initial reactions to the coronavirus outbreak.
The public criticised the Wuhan government for what many saw as a failure to disclose in a timely manner the severity of the new illness; leading to possibly more infections among medical staff and the public.
A total of 31,161 infections and 636 deaths from the new coronavirus were reported; across China as of Thursday, according to the National Health Commission.
The disease has also spread to more than two dozen other countries around the world.
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