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COVID-19 whistleblower Dr Li Wenliang’s death sparks anger in China

Dr. Li Wenliang shared this photo of himself in hospital bed

The death of a Chinese doctor who first warned about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has sparked widespread public anger and grief in China; more trouble for cruise passengers.

Dr Li Wenliang died after contracting the virus while treating patients in Wuhan.

Last December he sent a message to fellow medics warning of a virus he thought looked like Sars – another deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).

But he was told by police to “stop making false comments” and was investigated for “spreading rumours”.

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“I don’t think he was rumour-mongering. Hasn’t this turned into reality now?” his father, Li Shuying, told the BBC. “My son was wonderful.”

According to Chinese site Pear Video, Dr Li’s wife is due to give birth in June.

The virus causes severe acute respiratory infection and symptoms usually start with a fever, followed by a dry cough.

Most of those killed have been over the age of 60 or have suffered from other medical conditions, China’s health authorities say. Dr Li’s medical history is not known.

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Many have taken to posting under the hashtag “Can you manage, do you understand?” – a reference to the letter Dr Li was told to sign when he was accused of disturbing “social order”.

Scream! , could you hear? All over , at this moment, people in lockdown let the world hear them, show their respect & appreciation for your courage to tell truth to power, for you who cherished their lives…

The images shared below is also how China is bidding Dr Li farewell. It says “Farewell Li Wenliang.”

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