- Chinese doctor and the whistleblower of the novel coronavirus (nCov) Li Wenliang has died, said an announcement from Wuhan Hospital.
- The doctor became a hero to the Chinese people after he sounded the initial warning regarding the SARS-like infection spreading in the region.
- His warning was met with an arrest, following a reprimand and an accusation of ‘rumor-mongering’ from the authorities.
- Redemption for the Chinese ophthalmologist eventually came when the residents of the region started falling ill.
- Unfortunately, the whistleblower himself has succumbed to death, joining more than 600 Chinese who died from the viral infection.
Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan City Central Hospital and the widely regarded hero and whistleblower of the threat of the novel coronavirus (nCov) infection, has succumbed to death due to nCov, joining 600 other Chinese casualties of the epidemic at 2:58 a.m. on Friday, February 7.
Dr. Li “had the misfortune to be infected during the fight against the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic, and all-out efforts to save him failed,” announced Wuhan City Central Hospital via the Chinese social media service Weibo, in an effort to clear the rumors about Li’s condition. “He died at 2:58 am on Feb 7 after attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful,” the hospital added.
Confusion about his death surfaced after he was incorrectly announced to be dead via unconfirmed social news Thursday night. This unleashed uproar among the citizens prompting statements like “We will not forget the doctor who spoke up about an illness that was called rumor,” or, “What else can we do? The only thing is not to forget.”
Prior to the outbreak, 36-year-old Li had been nothing but one of the many unnamed ophthalmologist in Wuhan, expecting a second child with his wife. As the viral outbreak worsened globally, Li who initially became the whistleblower but was punished for raising the warning bell about the infection, has become the catalyst to review information on the severity of the coronavirus threat – and any possible misstep taken by the government in handling it.
As troubling as the Chinese’ efforts to downplay the severity of the infection outbreak, Dr. Li’s death also exposed a disturbing aspect missing in official statistics: the number of doctors, nurses, support staff, and medical workers who are infected and dying as they fight the spread of the virus.
Unverified reports showed photos of what looks like government statistical tally of hospital workers infected by nCov in Wuhan. An expert also shared that early on in the outbreak, one patient single-handedly infected a total of 14 hospital staff.
The number of non-nCov deaths among health workers trying to contain the virus are also reportedly increasing at an alarming rate. This week alone, a pharmacist and a health official also died, both from a heart attack after working nonstop while helping the motorist screening process all over the affected regions.
“If the officials had disclosed information about the epidemic earlier,” Dr. Li, a fighter til the very end, had said from his sickbed, “I think it would have been a lot better.”
Chinese Pharmacist Dies After 10 Straight Days Helping Fight Coronavirus
Medical workers are working hard to contain the Wuhan virus. But are we actually doing enough for them?
- A 28-year-old pharmacist, Song Yingjie, was reported dead in central China after 10 straight days of working to fight the new coronavirus epidemic.
- He was part of the medical team tasked by the local health authorities to check motorists' temperature at the Hunan province checkpoint.
- Song's death is bringing attention to the risk faced by doctors, nurses, and support staff who are working hard to contain the outbreak.
Chinese Dumplings Seized In Philippines Tested Positive of African Swine Fever
Fortunately, local officials successfully intercepted the illegal shipment.
- An undeclared shipment of meat products from China has been seized by officials in Manila, Philippines.
- The dumplings tested positive of the of African Swine Fever (ASF) virus, a contagious disease that could easily spread to domestic and wild pigs.
Trump Unveils Space Force Logo And People Are Saying It’s a ‘Star Trek’ Rip-Off
What do you think, folks?
- In a Twitter post, President Donald Trump shared the official logo of the US Space Force.
- Netizens were quick to point out that the symbol bore a striking resemblance to the one from the hit sci-fi franchise Star Trek.
- However, others said the logo was based on Air Force One and NASA.
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