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Wuhan coronavirus: Chinese police accused doctor Li Wenliang who discovered infections early

Christian Fernsby |
A doctor in Wuhan who was one of the eight whistleblowers police reprimanded in early January for 'spreading rumors' about a mysterious pneumonia has become infected with the coronavirus that causes it.

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“Today’s nucleic acid (novel coronavirus) test came back positive. Everything is settled now it’s finally confirmed,” Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist from Wuhan Central Hospital, wrote Saturday morning on his Weibo microblog. His workplace, Wuhan Central, is one of the city’s designated medical facilities for admitting and treating suspected and confirmed coronavirus patients.

By Saturday morning, the novel coronavirus had killed 259 people in China and infected nearly 12,000, over half of whom reside in Hubei province, where Wuhan is located.

Prior to his diagnosis, Li had been working on the front lines of the epidemic. Around Jan. 10, he developed a cough and fever, and later had to be admitted to an intensive care unit. His parents were hospitalized with similar symptoms.

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