Chinese doctor who warned others of Wuhan coronavirus dies

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Dr. Li Wenliang, who was silenced for trying to share news about the new coronavirus long before Chinese authorities disclosed its full threat, died Feb. 7, 2020, of the disease.(Weibo)

Dr. Li Wenliang, the Chinese ophthalmologist who first sounded the alarm about the coronavirus outbreak in the central China city of Wuhan, died early Friday.

In late December, the 34-year-old doctor wrote a message to his medical school classmates, letting them know he was quarantined in a hospital with seven people suffering from a mystery illness.

In the middle of the night, Wuhan health authorities visited Li, and asked him why he shared this information; three days later, police officers came and pushed him into signing a statement declaring his warning was “illegal behavior.”

On Jan. 10, Li treated a woman for glaucoma who did not know she had coronavirus, and he caught it from her.

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