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Wuhan Residents Remember COVID-19 ‘Whistleblower’ Doctor a Year After His Death

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Wuhan Residents Remember COVID-19 ‘Whistleblower’ Doctor a Year After His Death

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WUHAN, China—A year after his death from COVID-19, residents in the Chinese city of Wuhan say they remain grateful to the “whistleblower” doctor who first sounded the alarm about the outbreak before the authorities officially admitted to the second outbreak of a SARS virus. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at a hospital in the city, became one of the most visible figures in the early days of the outbreak in Wuhan when he tried to sound the alarm about its appearance but was reprimanded by the police for “spreading rumours.” The 34-year-old’s death from the virus on Feb. 7 led to an outpouring of public mourning and rare expressions of anger online. Several days later, Zhong Nanshan, a renowned epidemiologist, shed tears for Li in an interview with Reuters calling him a “hero of China.” But when Chinese leader Xi Jinping honoured the “heroes” of the “people’s war” against the virus …

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