A year after his death from his infection with the Coronavirus, residents of the Chinese city of Wuhan expressed their gratitude to the doctor who raised the alarm for the first time warning of the outbreak of the epidemic, before the official acknowledgment of his presence.
Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist in a city hospital, became one of the most prominent figures in the early days of the outbreak of the new Corona virus in Wuhan, when he tried to warn of its spread, but he faced a reprimand from the police for “spreading rumors.”
The death of the 34-year-old young doctor, due to the virus, on February 7, led to a state of public mourning and sparked rare expressions of anger on the Internet.
Several days later, Zhong Nanshan, a famous epidemiologist, shed tears for Li Wenliang, in an interview with “Reuters”, describing him as “the hero of China.”
But when Chinese President Xi Jinping honored the “people’s war heroes” against the virus in September, there was no mention of Li’s contribution.
While people on the streets around Lee Hospital say that life in the city has almost returned to its normal rhythm, they still admire me for his actions.
When Reuters correspondents visited the area around the hospital today, Saturday, two men in civilian clothes followed them and said that they were from “the security of the hospital’s garage,” and the guards prevented a photographer from photographing the hospital entrance.
Ji Peng Hui, 34, said he heard the doctor’s warning to Li in the early days, and rushed to stock up on masks before officials spoke publicly about the virus.
He added, “People are very grateful to him, and I think he should receive more official honors.”
Ji said the government made mistakes in the early stages, but then did it well.