The outbreak of the coronavirus is not seeing an end in sight yet. There have been several more cases reported from different countries, and the death toll of those infected has increased to over 800. The rising fear stemming from the epidemic was exacerbated when news surfaced that the whistleblower doctor, Dr. Li Wenliang (李文亮), succumbed to the disease. The young doctor was only 34 years old and was expecting his first child in June of this year.
Although the ethical doctor tried to warn others about the SARS-like virus, Dr. Li instead was warned by the government to not spread rumors and make false statements. A few days after he had begun warning his fellow doctors, he was summoned to the Public Security Bureau and was told to sign a “reprimand” letter. In the letter, Dr. Li was accused of “making false comments” that had “severely disturbed the social order”. The delay in taking action against the disease has contributed its viral spread and the loss of many lives.
Zhang Ziyi (章子怡), who has continued to voice her concerns and support to those fighting the deadly virus while recovering from labor in the United States, once again took to social media to lament over the situation, “The doctor who was the first to issue a warning about the virus is now gone! How many lives did that shameful exhortation cause?! He is only 34 years old. He has an unborn baby! This is heartbreaking.” Many netizens left comments praising for her courage in speaking out.
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.