People in China are mourning the death of a doctor who is among the first to warn about mysterious virus ‘Coronavirus’ spreading the city. Unfortunately, he contracted himself with the virus while he treated the infected ones. The doctor was an Ophthalmologist named Dr. Li Wenliang who was initially threatened and silenced by Chinese local police for spreading false news about the virus which later turned out to be true.
“We deeply regret and mourn this,” hospital staff added.
“I felt a little afraid — afraid I would be detained, afraid my family would worry,” he told CNN earlier this week via text message from his hospital bed.
“If the officials had disclosed information about the epidemic earlier,” Li told the New York Times last week, “I think it would have been a lot better. There should be more openness and transparency.”
“It might have been a better way to prevent and control the new coronavirus today if the public had believed the ‘rumor’ then and started to wear masks and carry out sanitary measures and avoid the wild animal market [where the virus is believed to have begun],” the commentary said.
RIP Li Wenliang!