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Chinese Doctor Who Warned of Virus Dies, Stoking Outrage Online

  • Li Wenliang was sanctioned after detecting new disease
  • Hashtag ‘I Want Freedom of Speech’ trended within China
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WATCH: Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old doctor who blew the whistle on the coronavirus disease last month, succumbed to the virus early on Friday.Source: Bloomberg
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A Chinese doctor who was initially sanctioned for warning about the deadly Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in early January has died, stoking fresh anger online at the Communist Party-led government.

For hours, the status of the doctor, Li Wenliang, had been unclear after earlier reports of his death on Chinese social media were deleted and replaced by messages saying he was being treated. Around 3 a.m. Beijing time, Wuhan Central Hospital said that Li was dead “after all efforts to save him failed.”