Death of doctor who raised alarm sparks outcry
The death of a doctor who was threatened by police after raising an early alarm about the coronavirus has sparked an outcry in China.
Dr Li Wenliang, 34, had worked at a hospital in the epicenter of the outbreak in the central city of Wuhan.
Dr Li wrote that after he reported seven patients had contracted the virus, he was visited on 3 January by police, who forced him to sign a statement admitting to having spread falsehoods and warning him of punishment if he continued.
A copy of the statement signed by Dr Li and posted online accused him of making “false statements” and “seriously disturbing social order.”
“This is a type of illegal behavior!” the statement said.