Chinese Doctor Who Warned Of Outbreak Has Died From Coronavirus

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Dr. Li Wenliang, 34, died this week after contracting the coronavirus in late January.

The Chinese doctor who blew the whistle on a potential coronavirus outbreak has died after contracting the illness, according to Axios.

Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist at the Wuhan Central Hospital was confirmed dead on Thursday by hospital officials, after initial confusion in the media over his status.

Axios noted that Wenliang warned of the virus in December, sending a letter to other physicians about the potential for a widespread problem regarding a respiratory illness he had seen in several patients. Chinese authorities reportedly ordered him and other doctors to stop spreading “rumors” about the cases.

The Washington Post reported that Wenliang announced in a January 31 social media post that he had contracted the virus, which has now claimed the lives of more than 560 people and infected just over 28,000.

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