Medic whistle-blower in Wuhan dies of the coronavirus after catching it from a patient


Dr Li Wenliang, 34, dubbed “a rumourmonger” who was among the first to alert the public of a potential coronavirus epidemic has died of the disease at the age of 34 after catching it from a patient, Chinese state media reported. 

Dr Li caught the public’s attention after being reprimanded for warning on social media of ‘SARS at a Wuhan seafood market’. He was accused of spreading ‘fake news’ and criticised by police and his hospital.

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The official death toll continues to rise as China’s National Health Commission reported 73 new deaths overnight – another daily record. The life-threatening disease has killed at least 566 people and infected more than 28,300 globally.


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