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It’s too late! China now apologizes to Doctor who had warned it of the Pandemic in December

The whole world is in a state of shock after the novel coronavirus pandemic impacted lakhs of people’s lives. So far, 9000 people have passed away linked to coronavirus and over 2 lakh people were affected by the virus infection. Thankfully, over 90,000 people have recovered from the deadly outbreak.

It has been learnt that the coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of at least 3,158 people in China alone and 4,325 worldwide, as per the experts. Even as China is finding it tough to bring widespread infectious disease under control, several countries across the world are reporting cases of coronavirus. People lost their loved ones to the deadly disease which originated in Wuhan, China.

China which has witnessed more than 3000 deaths to the Covid-19 outbreak is now seeing a slow down in the number of cases being reported. For days now, China has not recorded even a single domestic case.

The National Health Commission added that all of the confirmed 39 new cases recorded Friday in China were brought from overseas, adding that the rigid travel restrictions and social distancing requirements seem to have had their desired effect.

In any other nation, Dr. Li Wenliang would have been lauded as a hero for his self-knowledge that helped save thousands of lives from a coronavirus outbreak. But sadly, Dr. Li was in China, where not only that he was never recognized, but was criticised by the senior authorities of spreading rumours and panic.

In fact, the doctor had warned about the possible outbreak of coronavirus in December when much of China, let alone the remaining part of world had not even heard of the pandemic.

Dr. Li, who is an ophthalmologist from Wuhan noticed that a 2003 Sars-like virus was spreading in the region and had already warned fellow medics and asked them to take precautions.

He had posted this message to fellow doctors in a chat group warning them to wear protective clothing in a bid to avoid infection on December 30.

But after someone leaked the message to the senior authorities, he was summoned to the Public Security Bureau where he was told to sign a letter. In the letter, he was severely criticised of making false comments that had disturbed the moods of society. In fact, he was one of eight people who police department said were being investigated for “spreading rumours”.

By January 30, Dr. Li passed away linked to coronavirus in a Wuhan Hospital days later.

China has exonerated Dr. Li in a shocking admission of error by the ruling Communist Party. The party’s top disciplinary body echoed that the police force in Wuhan had officially cancelled its reprimand of Dr. Li Wenliang that had included a threat of arrest.

It also specifically mentioned that “solemn apology” had been issued to Li’s family and that two police officers had been issued disciplinary punishments for the actual handling of the matter.

Written by Sagar Abhinandan

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