Dr Li Wenliang died on Friday at 2:58 AM. The hospital said that all attempts to resuscitate him failed. Li was among the few who spread the word around about the virus and later on detained. He warned about a potential SARS-like virus spreading in Wuhan China.
Li’s ‘rumours’ were not just rumours, the city officials’ were downplaying the severity of the virus. Li was thirty-four years old when he died. His death led to grief and anger out pour online. The netizens regarded him as a hero when it became evident that the officials were hunting him down for the supposed rumours’.
However, state media published reports saying that the doctor was still alive and they were attempting to resuscitate him. The post led to a lot of confusion as they later retracted their statement and announced his death. The post led to allegations that the officials were trying to cover up the story.
One popular post read that; they knew that state media would post something of that sought thinking that everyone was asleep. Another one added that; the world was no longer beautiful as they had imagined and that the anger radiated over Li’s arrest and death will lead to overnight maturing of young people.
The countries top anti-corruption agency, China’s Supervisory Commission announced that it would send a team to Wuhan to investigate Li’s death. They continued to add that the action was due to issues raised by the masses. However, ‘these’ issues are unknown.
The top two trending hashtags after Li’s death ‘Wuhan government owes Dr Li an apology, and we want the freedom of speech’ were censored and all comments deleted. The netizens are now using the hashtags ‘can you manage and do you understand’ in reference to the letter Li had to sign.
The netizens reminded each other not to forget the anger and how they felt and not to let what happened, happen again.
Death toll from the virus as of Thursday evening was 638. Two deaths originated for China mainland, one from the Philippines and another one from Hong Kong. Over 31,000 people have been affected by the virus worldwide; however, the most significant number is from china.
The virus has spread to over twenty-five countries and affected two newborn babies in Wuhan, the youngest only 30 hours old. More than 7, 000 are quarantined on two cruise ships in Hong Kong and Japan. In addition to the twenty already known cases from the cruise ship, forty one more tested positive, bringing the total to 61.
China’s National Health Commission said that 80% per cent of all fatalities in China were over 60 years old and that the elderly are more susceptible to the virus.