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Chinese doctor, 34, who sounded the alarm over coronavirus DIES from it

Written by on February 7, 2020

A Chinese doctor who sounded the alarm on coronavirus two weeks before it was officially confirmed has died, the Wuhan Central Hospital have revealed.

Li Wenliang, 34, succumbed to the deadly contagion in the early hours of Friday morning local time despite attempts to resuscitate him.

The ophthalmologist caught the public’s attention after he was reprimanded by police and accused of spreading ‘fake news’ for warning on social media of ‘SARS at a Wuhan seafood market’ on December 30. Li’s post came two weeks before coronavirus broke out in the city of 14 million which has been locked down since January 20.

Through its official Weibo (social media) account, the hospital wrote: ‘Our hospital’s ophthalmologist Li Wenliang was infected during the fight of the epidemic of the new coronavirus pneumonia, and died at 2:58am on the morning of February 7 despite the fact that we had tried our best to resuscitate him.

‘We hereby express our deep regret and sincere condolences.’

It comes as more than 28,000 people have been infected worldwide and the death toll has climbed to 630. The overwhelming majority are in China, but more than 200 people with the illness have been reported in over two dozen other countries, including three cases in the UK, 12 in the US and 14 in Australia.

He had been reprimanded by police after warning on social media of 'SARS at a Wuhan seafood market'

Li Wenliang, 34, succumbed to the deadly contagion in the early hours of Friday morning local time, despite attempts to resuscitate him. The ophthalmologist caught the public’s attention after he was reprimanded by police and accused of spreading ‘fake news’ for warning on social media of ‘SARS at a Wuhan seafood market.’

The coronavirus epidemic has so far claimed 566 lives and infected more than 28,000 people in 28 countries and territories around the world - but 99 per cent of infections have been in China

The coronavirus epidemic has so far claimed 566 lives and infected more than 28,000 people in 28 countries and territories around the world – but 99 per cent of infections have been in China

The coronavirus epidemic has so far claimed 630 lives and infected more than 28,000 people in 28 countries and territories around the world - but 99 per cent of infections have been in China

The coronavirus epidemic has so far claimed 630 lives and infected more than 28,000 people in 28 countries and territories around the world – but 99 per cent of infections have been in China

WHO paid tribute to Dr Li on its official Twitter account after reports claimed he had died

WHO paid tribute to Dr Li on its official Twitter account after reports claimed he had died

WHICH COUNTRIES HAVE BANNED PEOPLE FROM ENTERING?

US

The US has temporarily banned any non-US citizens who have been to China in the past two weeks from entering America.

AUSTRALIA

Australia has banned entry for any Chinese travellers or foreign passengers who been to China within the last 14 days or even have passed through the mainland during a layover.

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand has closed its borders to any foreigners arriving from China after February 2, including passengers who passed through in transit.

JAPAN

Japan has barred entry for anyone with symptoms of the coronavirus and no travellers from Wuhan are allowed to enter – even if they don’t have symptoms.

MONGOLIA

Mongolian citizens have until February 6 to return to their home country if they want to. Travellers from China – whether they are Chinese or not – are not allowed to enter the country.

NORTH KOREA

North Korea was one of the first countries to completely shut its borders to travellers and flights from China, introducing the measure on January 21.

KAZAKHSTAN

Officials have suspended all forms of passenger travel to and from neighbouring China. The country has also suspended the issuance of visas to Chinese citizens.

TAIWAN

Authorities have decided to ban entry to all foreign nationals who have visited mainland China in the past two weeks.

SINGAPORE

Singapore has banned travellers who have been to mainland China in the past 14 days.

SOUTH KOREA

South Korea has banned all foreign travellers who have passed through Wuhan in the past 14 days.

THE PHILIPPINES

Authorities banned all travellers from China, Hong Kong and Macau – except for Filipino citizens and holders of permanent residency visas.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Papua New Guinea has shut its air and seaports to all foreign travellers from Asia. Its land border with West Papua has also been closed.

SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia has banned travellers from coronavirus-hit China entering the country. The kingdom suggested it would tear up the passports of anyone who defied the ban.

IRAQ

Iraq has banned entry for all foreign nationals travelling from China.

GUATEMALA  

Guatemala has banned non-resident travellers who had been to China in the past two weeks.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 

Trinidad & Tobago have banned non-resident travellers who had been to China in the past two weeks.

A statement from Wuhan police on January 1 condemned them

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