- A Chinese doctor who was the first to warn about the coronavirus in Wuhan has now contracted the virus as well
- Dr. Li Wenliang was punished by the Wuhan police for allegedly spreading false information regarding the 2019-nCoV
- At first, he just warned his peers through a messaging app about the coronavirus but his message went viral
- Not long after his warning, the outbreak in Wuhan began and it was put on lockdown on January 20
A Chinese doctor who was the first to give a warning about a “SARS-like” coronavirus in the Wuhan market has now contracted the virus as well.
KAMI learned that Chinese Doctor Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, was punished by the Chinese government when he sent a warning to his medical school alumni group about the coronavirus.
As reported by CNN World, the doctor gave the warning after seven patients from a local seafood market were diagnosed with “unknown pneumonia.”
His intention was to warn his colleagues about the disease so they could inform their loved ones as well. However, it got out of control and his message went viral.
"I only wanted to remind my university classmates to be careful," Li said.
"When I saw them circulating online, I realized that it was out of my control and I would probably be punished," he added.
Not long after his warning went viral, Li was accused by Wuhan police of spreading “fake news” and was brought to the police station.
Just a few days after his viral post, the outbreak began and Wuhan was put on lockdown on January 20.
Li also helped in treating patients with the 2019 novel coronavirus. However, on January 12, he was brought to the hospital because he developed a cough and fever.
On February 1, it has been confirmed that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
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