A doctor who tried to warn others of the deadly coronavirus outbreak in December has sadly died from the infection.
The doctor has warned of the Sars-like virus but was punished for “rumour-mongering” by health officials.
Doctor Li Wenliang was a 34-year-old opthalmologist working in Wuhan, he sadly died at 3am local time on Friday.
Dr Li had been receiving treatment at the Wuhan hospital where his condition was described as critical but sadly his death has now been confirmed.
Dr Li was punished because he raised the alarm about coronavirus on 30th December and sent a message to his medical school alumni group warning them to ensure they wear protective clothing.
Within a post he informed them that seven patients from a local seafood market had been diagnosed with a SARS-like illness and had been placed in quarantine within the Wuhan hospital
Police then contacted DR Li from Wuhan Police and attempted to silence him accusing him of “rumour-mongering”.
He was forced to sign a letter that had accused him of “making false comments” said he had “severely disturbed public order”.
China had not alerted the World Health Organisation (WHO) about the new illness until the end of December.
Scientists then determined it was a coronavirus and was spreading rapidly. Local authorities then apologised to Dr Li.
It was too late for Dr Li his warnings were ignored and he fell ill in early January after treating a woman with glaucoma and was confirmed to be coronavirus on the 1st February.
During his illness, Dr Li used blog posts covering the length of his illness and wrote that he believed the virus could be passed through eyes as his first symptoms were similar to conjunctivitis.
He wrote last Thursday: “Today nucleic acid testing came back with a positive result, the dust has settled, finally diagnosed.”
State media hailed Dr Li as a “whistleblower”, after he was originally accused of being “rumour-mongering”.
The WHO Tweeted “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Li Wenliang. We all need to celebrate work that he did on #2019nCoV.”
WHO has no information on the status of Dr Li. pic.twitter.com/59UzWpcfa7
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) February 6, 2020