” Mourners pay tribute to Chinese doctor Li Wenliang who blew whistle on coronavirus that killed him”, South China Morning Post
Laurie Chen, Hong Kong, 7 Feb. 2020
- 34-year-old ophthalmologist hailed as a hero and martyr on social media
- People lash out at authorities for their treatment of Li, who was reprimanded by the police last month for trying to warn people about the deadly contagion
Li’s death, which shocked the nation as China struggles to cope with the pneumonia-like illness that has infected more than 31,000 people and killed 638 since December, triggered an outpouring of grief and anger at the government.
On Friday, dozens of mourners – some of them medical workers – put flowers and black-and-white photos of Li at the entrance to Wuhan Central Hospital where he worked.
Li’s condition became critical on Thursday. The hospital announced his death at about 3am on Friday morning.
In an audio recording shared on social media, Li’s mother said that she and her husband had recovered from the infection.