Li Wenliang, 34, who was working as an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital when the virus broke out, warned about the novel coronavirus in December
The Chinese doctor who tried to sound the alarm on the Wuhan coronavirus has died on Thursday, reports several state media.
Li Wenliang, 34, who was working as an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital when the virus broke out, warned about the novel coronavirus in December, reports CNN.
He had posted in his medical school alumni group on WeChat saying that seven patients from a local seafood market had been diagnosed with a SARS-like illness and were quarantined in his hospital.
Soon after posting the message, Wuhan police accused Li of rumour-mongering, reports BBC.
Police targeted several medics, including Li, for trying to blow the whistle on the deadly virus in the early weeks of the outbreak, which has infected more than 28,000 people and claimed more than 560 lives.
Li was hospitalized on January 12 after contracting the virus from one of his patients, and he was confirmed to have the coronavirus on February 1.
On social media, people have dubbed him along with other health workers “heroes” and “warriors in white,” reports Australia’s News.com.
“They’ve been fighting for us. They’ve been battling the virus. They are parents, they are also daughters and sons,” the Communist party’s newspaper, People’s Daily wrote.