Death of a 34-year-old doctor Li Wenliang who first sounded the alarm on the coronavirus in China has triggered an outburst of anger, grief and call for “freedom of speech” among the people.
Li died in the morning hours of February 7th, 2020 as confirmed by Wuhan central hospital. He was infected with the virus during his fight against the outbreak.
He was one among the eight people who were detained for “rumour-mongering” about the deadly virus’s outbreak.
He warned his colleagues of the virus spreading in Wuhan, and was later detained by the police in Wuhan on January 3rd, 2020. He was asked to sign a police document to admit of breaching the law and “disrupting social order”, reported the Chinese media.
His death was the most discussed topic on China’s microblogging site Weibo today garnering billions of views and heavily discussed in WeChat messaging groups, where people poured out their rage. The Chinese social media is abuzz with tributes for the doctor.
The social media posts including hashtag #IWantFreedomOfSpeech were however censored by the Chinese authorities fearing the uproar might lead people to fill up the streets.
According to media reports, China will send a team to Wuhan, the epicentre of an outbreak of the deadly virus to investigate the matter related to the doctor raised by the people.
Meanwhile, the total number of deaths in China has raced over to 636 with 31,161 reported cases of infected persons as of Friday.
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