- The coronavirus whistle-blower, Li Wenliang, is dead according to report
- Li Wenliang called the attention of the Chinese authority to the deadly disease
- Wenliang was, however, accused of rumour-mongering by the Wuhan police
A report by CNN indicated that the Chinese doctor, Li Wenliang, who tried to warn others about the Wuhan coronavirus has died.
Legit.ng gathered that Wenliang, a 34-year-old doctor working in Wuhan, raised the alarm about the novel coronavirus last year.
According to the report, he posted in his medical school alumni group on the Chinese messaging app WeChat that seven patients from a local seafood market had been diagnosed with a SARS-like illness and were quarantined in his hospital.
It was gathered that soon after he posted the message, Li was accused of rumor-mongering by the Wuhan police.
He was one of several medics targeted by police for trying to blow the whistle on the deadly virus in the early weeks of the outbreak, which has sickened more than 28,000 people and killed more than 560.
Li was hospitalised on January 12, after contracted the virus from one of his patients, and he was confirmed to have the coronavirus on February 1.
The death toll and the number of people infected by the Wuhan coronavirus continued to grow, with no signs of slowing despite severe quarantine and population control methods put in place in central China.
The number of confirmed cases globally stood at 28,275 as of Thursday, with more than 28,000 of those in China.
The number of cases in China grew by 3,694, or 15%, on the previous day. There have been 565 deaths so far, all but two of which were in China, with one in the Philippines and one in Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a baby born in the Wuhan area of China on Wednesday, February 5, was infected with coronavirus 30-hours after birth.
It was reported that a children's hospital where the baby was born reported that the infant whose mother had tested positive to the coronavirus was checked after birth.
Business Insider reports that while there could have been a case of vertical transmission (mother-to-child-transmission), experts have said that there is the possibility that the child contracted the virus after birth.
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