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Coronavirus whistleblower doctor dies, sparking outcry

Li Wenliang was reprimanded by Wuhan police but later vindicated by top court

Li Wenliang was working as an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital when he sent out a warning to fellow medics on Dec. 30 2019. (Photo taken from Twitter)

HONG KONG -- The Wuhan doctor who was punished for warning colleagues about the new coronavirus in the early days of the outbreak died Friday from the very illness he raised the alarm about.

Ophthalmologist Li Wenliang, 34, passed away at 2:58 a.m. after "futile efforts at resuscitation," according to the official Weibo account of Wuhan Central Hospital, where Li worked. The hospital wrote: "We deeply regret and mourn for his death." 

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