The Chinese doctor who had attempted to raise the first warning about the deadly coronavirus outbreak died. Dr. Li Wenliang sent out a note to his colleague practitioners in a chat group on the 30th of December urging them to wear protective clothing to prevent infection. He was called to the Public Security Bureau four days later, where they told him to sign a document. He was charged in the letter with “making false comments” which had “seriously disturbed the social order.” Days later while administering a patient affected with the coronavirus, he caught the infection after which his health started to deteriorate.
In his Weibo post he describes how on 10 January he started coughing, the next day he had a fever and two days later he was in the hospital. He was diagnosed with the coronavirus on 30 January. Chinese social media site Weibo was drownded by a wave of anger and grief on the news of Dr. Li’s death on the late Thursday. This quickly escalated into a political issue as the people were disappointed with the way the Chinese government handled this health emergency and the police tried to harass the doctor for trying to alert the people of this crisis. The censorship of the outbreak of the virus was majorly criticized. Wuhan authorities have been called out online for hiding information about the outbreak until the end of the previous year, despite knowledge of the new disease weeks before. There was also false news reported regarding the time of his death. In total 564 people lost their lives in China because of the virus and 28,018 confirmed cases have been reported from 31 provincial-level regions, the National Health Commission reported on Thursday.