Whistleblower China doctor 'dies from coronavirus'

Friday, 07 Feb, 2020

It is too early to know how lethal it may be, as many mild cases are probably going undetected.

Li Wenliang, the Chinese whistleblower doctor who warned the public of a potential "SARS-like" disease in December 2019, had died of coronavirus, according to reports.

"We deeply regret and mourn this", it said.

Chinese doctor, Li Wenliang, who tried to warn others about the Wuhan coronavirus.

While the official death toll is going up each day, a report in Taiwan News whipped up added scare after it was revealed that Chinese tech firm Tencent briefly put the death toll at almost 25,000.

Health and medical personnel from other parts of China will come to the newly-built medical facilities in Wuhan which shows the remarkable solidarity within China and the determination of the Chinese health authorities, he said. "We are here waiting for a miracle". He dropped a bombshell in his medical school alumni group on the popular Chinese messaging app WeChat that seven patients from a local seafood market had been diagnosed with a SARS-like illness and quarantined in his hospital.

"If the officials had disclosed information about the epidemic earlier", Li said in an interview in the Times via text messages, "I think it would have been a lot better. There should be more openness and transparency".

At least 20 people on board the Diamond Princess have tested positive so far, while some 3,700 passengers and crew from over 50 countries have been confined to quarters aboard the cruise ship off of Yokohama since Monday night.

However, the case - the first newborn to contract the virus - raises questions about whether the infant caught the virus in the womb or after birth.

But it is also possible that the baby was infected after birth from having close contact with the mother.

Announcing the new quarantine measure in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said the measure can't be implemented right away because the government needs time to sort out the relevant legislation, and also because cross-border commuters need to have advance notice of the move.

With medical facilities in Hubei's capital Wuhan overwhelmed with patients, authorities were due to open a second field hospital, offering 1,600 beds.

"The government officials in Hubei Province and Wuhan city must pay for his death", another Weibo user said.

It also said the confirmed cases were 154,023, which was 10 times the official figures on that day.

In Hong Kong, hospital workers demanding a shutdown of the territory's border with mainland China were on strike for a fourth day.

There are now 28,353 cases of coronavirus worldwide, with nearly all occurring in mainland China.

The virus has spread overseas, with 25 nations confirming a total of 191 cases, although there has so far been only two deaths outside mainland China.

Hundreds of experts will gather in Geneva next week, on February 11-12, in an attempt to find a way to fight back against the outbreak by speeding research into drugs and vaccines, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

When auto plants across China shut last month for the Lunar New Year holiday, the industry was already under huge pressure: sales had been falling for two years due to the loss of tax incentives for electric cars and the slowing economy, and officials were expecting an unprecedented third year of stagnation.

Health officials in the United States and China have set ambitious goals for getting a vaccine to initial human testing within the next few months, although drugmakers cautioned that they have a long way to go.

Both are connected to the second presumptive case of coronavirus found in the Vancouver Coastal Health region that was announced on Tuesday.

The death toll has reached 565 worldwide - 563 of them in mainland China.