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China: Floral tributes laid outside Wuhan hospital where coronavirus whistleblower died

China, Wuhan
February 08, 2020 at 14:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Flowers were left outside the Wuhan Central Hospital on Saturday in tribute to whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang, who succumbed to the disease in the hospital in the early hours of Friday morning local time (Thursday evening GMT).

The 34-year-old ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital tried to warn his former classmates on WeChat about the dangers of the new virus on December 30. Shortly after, Li was taken into police custody on accusations of spreading rumours. He was then reportedly forced to write a statement admitting to "illegal behaviour."

A month after his warning thousands of Wuhan residents fell ill with fever and pneumonia symptoms. Li himself was diagnosed with the coronavirus on February 1. The doctor was also unusually young to be afflicted by the disease. According to the officials and researchers, based on the current data, the average age of patients is between 49 and 56.

The coronavirus outbreak has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO). Chinese health officials said that the death toll has reached 723, with more than 34,600 infected in China alone.

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Flowers were left outside the Wuhan Central Hospital on Saturday in tribute to whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang, who succumbed to the disease in the hospital in the early hours of Friday morning local time (Thursday evening GMT).

The 34-year-old ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital tried to warn his former classmates on WeChat about the dangers of the new virus on December 30. Shortly after, Li was taken into police custody on accusations of spreading rumours. He was then reportedly forced to write a statement admitting to "illegal behaviour."

A month after his warning thousands of Wuhan residents fell ill with fever and pneumonia symptoms. Li himself was diagnosed with the coronavirus on February 1. The doctor was also unusually young to be afflicted by the disease. According to the officials and researchers, based on the current data, the average age of patients is between 49 and 56.

The coronavirus outbreak has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO). Chinese health officials said that the death toll has reached 723, with more than 34,600 infected in China alone.

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