Updated: March 1, 2021
Li Wenliang, a doctor who was silenced by the Chinese government after warning about the coronavirus has died.
The World Health Organization announced his passing at a press briefing on Thursday.
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“We’re very sad to hear of the loss of Dr. Li Wenliang,” WHO officials said.
According to the BBC, 34-year-old Dr Li, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, said he had in late December shared his concerns via private chat with medical school graduates after several patients exhibited symptoms similar to SARS.
Instead of taking his concerns seriously, he was visited and warned by the Chinese authorities.
Dr. Li was then summoned to Public Security Bureau where he was forced to sign a letter stating that he made false comments about the virus, the BBC added.
As the crisis expanded, authorities later apologized, but it was too late.
WHO said it was too soon to say whether the outbreak was reaching a peak.