A Chinese doctor who sounded the alarm on coronavirus two weeks before it was officially confirmed has died, the Wuhan Central Hospital has revealed, as stated in the “Daily Mail” and other global sources.
Li Wenliang, 34, succumbed to the deadly contagion in the early hours of Friday morning local time despite attempts to resuscitate him.
The ophthalmologist caught the public’s attention after he was reprimanded by police and accused of spreading ‘fake news’ for the warning on social media of ‘SARS at a Wuhan seafood market’ on December 30. Li’s post came two weeks before coronavirus broke out in the city of 14 million which has been locked down since January 20.
Through its official Weibo (social media) account, the hospital wrote: ‘Our hospital’s ophthalmologist Li Wenliang was infected during the fight of the epidemic of the new coronavirus pneumonia, and died at 2:58 am in the early hours of February 7 despite the fact that we had tried our best to resuscitate him.
‘We hereby express our deep regret and sincere condolences.’
It comes as more than 28,000 people have been infected worldwide and the death toll has climbed to 630. The overwhelming majority are in China, but more than 200 people with the illness have been reported in over two dozen other countries, including three cases in the UK, 12 in the US and 14 in Australia.