Thousands message dead Chinese COVID-19 whistleblower Dr Li Wengliang two years after

Thousands of people left messages on the late Chinese COVID-19 whistleblower Li Wenliang’s social media account on the anniversary of the day he heard about possible pneumonia virus cases in Wuhan and shared the information with other doctors.

On December 30, 2019, Dr Li – an ophthalmologist at a hospital in Wuhan where the Sars-CoV-2 virus outbreak was first discovered – saw a medical report showing that potential SARS coronavirus cases were confirmed in the city, he wrote in a post on his Weibo account on January 31st.

In early January, after the information on “SARS cases” was shared in a WeChat group, Dr. Li reprimanded by local police, according to the same Weibo post.

A man with medical mask and glasses takes a selfie.  He has short dark hair.
Chinese doctor Li Wenliang, who tried to warn people about the coronavirus outbreak, died after getting the virus.(Weibo)

On January 12, Dr. Li at the hospital, infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 disease, and he died on February 7, 2020.

His death led to an outpouring of grief on social media at a time when people were at the forefront of the virus and authorities were under fire over a perceived lack of transparency and a stubborn approach to whistleblowers like Dr. Li.

Since then, confidence has grown in China’s response to the pandemic, but people continue to write to Dr Li online, especially on certain anniversaries, as they did on Thursday.

Social media remembers whistleblower doctor

Others posted candle emojis, short thank-you notes and exclamations about how two years have passed so quickly, in the comments section of one of Dr. Li’s post on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.

Many wrote in conversation, as if speaking to him beyond the grave.

Fang Kecheng from the Chinese University of Hong Kong said that Dr. Lis Weibo microblog has become a place online where people express their feelings that they are not comfortable expressing elsewhere.

The Chinese mainland has reported 101,683 confirmed COVID-19 cases per year. December 28 with the death toll at 4,636.

Reuters

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