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Whistlblower On Corona – Li Wenliang

Whistlblower On Corona – Li Wenliang
EARLY LIFE
  • Li Wenliang was born on 12 October 1986 in Beizhen, Liaoning.He attended Beizhen High Schooland graduated with excellent academic performance.
  • In 2004, he scored 609 in the National College Entrance Examination (gaokao), and was admitted to Wuhan University School of Medicine as a clinical medicine student in a seven-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program.
  • He joined the Communist Party of China in his sophomore year.
WHISTLEBLOWER ON CORONA
  • After graduation in 2011, Li worked at the Xiamen Eye Center of Xiamen University for three years.In 2014, Li became an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital in Wuhan, China.
  • Li Wenliang’s messages in the “Wuhan University Clinical Medicine 2004” Wechat group on 30 December 2019
  • Li: There are 7 confirmed cases of SARS at Huanan Seafood Market.
  • Li: (Picture of diagnosis report)
  • Li: (Video of CT scan results)
  • Li: They are being isolated in the emergency department of our hospital’s Houhu Hospital District.
  • Someone: Be careful, or else our chat group might be dismissed.
  • Li: The latest news is, it has been confirmed that they are coronavirus infections, but the exact virus is being subtyped.
  • Li: Don’t circulate the information outside of this group, tell your family and loved ones to take caution.
  • Li: In 1937, coronaviruses were first isolated from chicken…
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  • On 30 December 2019, Li saw a patient’s report which showed a positive result with a high confidence level for SARS coronavirus tests.
  • Li asked the WeChat group members to inform their families and friends to take protective measures. He was upset when the discussion gained a wider audience than he expected.
  • After screenshots of his WeChat messages were shared on Chinese forums and gained huge attention, the supervision department summoned him to talk, where he was blamed for leaking the information.
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  • On 3 January 2020, police from the Wuhan Public Security Bureau investigated the case and interrogated Li, giving him a warning notice and censuring him for “making false comments on the Internet”.
  • He was made to sign a letter of admonition promising not to do it again.The police warned him that if he failed to learn from the admonition and continued to violate the law he would be prosecuted.
  • After the admonition, Li returned to work in the hospital and contracted the virus on 8 January. On 31 January, he published his experience in the police station with the letter of admonition on social media.
 INFECTED
  • On 7 January, Li contracted the coronavirus when he saw an infected patient at his hospital. Li developed a fever and cough on 10 January, which soon became severe.
  • On 12 January, Li was admitted to intensive care at Houhu Hospital District, Wuhan Central Hospital, where he was quarantined, treated, and tested for the virus several times until he tested positive for the infection on 30 January. He was diagnosed with the virus infection on 1 February.
  • While hospitalized, Li posted a message online vowing to return to the front lines after his recovery.
 DEATH
  • According to a colleague, Li’s condition became critical on 5 February. On 6 February, while Li was on the phone with a friend, he told the friend that he was having trouble breathing and that his oxygen saturation had dropped to 85%.
  • His heartbeat stopped at 21:30.In social media posts, the Chinese state media reported that Li had died, but the posts were soon deleted.
  • The hospital announced that Li had died at 2:58 a.m. on 7 February 2020. During the confusion, more than 17 million people were watching the live stream for his status updates.
REACTION
  • The World Health Organization posted on Twitter saying that it was “deeply saddened by the passing of Dr Li Wenliang” and “we all need to celebrate work that he did on #2019nCoV”.
  • The death of Li provoked considerable grief and anger on the social media which became extended to a demand for freedom of speech.
  • The hashtag #wewantfreedomofspeech gained over 2 million views and over 5,500 posts within 5 hours before it was removed by the censors, as were other related hashtags and posts.