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Doctor who warned of coronavirus before epidemic is in serious condition

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Doctor who warned of coronavirus before epidemic is in serious condition

Doctor Li Wenliang Li Wenliang / Reproduction

The Chinese doctor who alerted the public to a possible epidemic of a “SARS-like” disease in December 2019 is in serious condition at a hospital in Wuhan. Li Wenliang, 34, contracted coronavirus from one of his patients.

The Chinese press had reported Li's death on Thursday afternoon, 6, but went back after the hospital where the doctor is staying posted a note on the Weibo social network saying the Chinese man was still alive, but in very poor condition. serious.

The Chinese newspaper Global Times, which had reported the death, now says that Li is in critical condition, suffered cardiac arrest and is now breathing with the help of devices.

The World Health Organization (WHO) had also confirmed Li's death in a Twitter post in which he regretted his passing. After the conflict of information, he claimed to have no information about his health status.

This is not the first time that WHO has released information that later proved to be untrue about the new coronavirus edpidemia. At the end of January, after saying that the risk of infection of the disease worldwide was "moderate", the organization had to correct itself publicly and rectify that, in fact, the risk was "high".

Li was the first doctor to warn of the emergence of a new coronavirus, in a post on a group of alumni on the social network WeChat, on December 30. In the message, the doctor stated that seven patients at his hospital had symptoms similar to SARS after attending a seafood market in the city.

The post spread and Li was accused by the Wuhan police of spreading rumors. He was one of the city's doctors summoned by the authorities to sign a letter of reprimand in which he was accused of "spreading rumors online" and "seriously disturbing the social order".

Li was hospitalized on January 12 after contracting the virus from a patient. It became official that he had the disease on February 1.

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