Chinese doctor who first warned of ‘strange illness’ dies

A Chinese doctor at the Wuhan hospital, who first warned his colleagues of a “strange respiratory illness”, which turned out to be the dreaded Coronavirus, is dead.

Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist, died due to complications from the coronavirus late Thursday evening (Friday morning in China).

His death has sparked anger and grief from Chinese citizens on Chinese social media who believed the government should have taken him seriously and investigated his claims. Instead, he was reprimanded by officials after warning about the disease in December.

Mr Wenliang was one of the first eight people to warn the public about the novel coronavirus.

Mr Wenliang, who was working in on the hospital in Wuhan, Hubei Province, had dropped a private warning message on “WeChat”,…

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