Chinese Whistleblower Doctor Dies Of Coronavirus

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Chinese Whistleblower Doctor Dies Of Coronavirus
A Chinese doctor who tried to blow the whistle on the threat posed by the deadly Coronavirus outbreak died of the virus on Friday, triggering a massive outpouring of public mourning and anger towards the government online.

Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, became known after he publicly revealed that he and seven others were admonished by the local police for “spreading rumours” about the coronavirus.

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The death of Dr Wenliang led to Chinese media hail him as a “hero who was willing to speak the truth,” with some posting poems, photos and drawings saluting him.

The World Health Organisation in a tweet said, ”We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr Li Wenliang. We all need to celebrate work that he did on 2019-nCoV".

The outbreak showed no sign of letting up. In China alone, 636 people have died of the virus out of some 31,161 infected.

Meanwhile, 61 people have tested positive for the virus on a Japanese cruise ship — the Diamond Princess —whose 3,700 people on board are under a two-week quarantine.

Another cruise ship with 3,600 passengers — the World Dream — is being screened in Hong Kong after eight people on an earlier trip carried the virus. None have tested positive so far.

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