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Coronavirus kills Chinese whistleblower doctor - BBC News

Coronavirus kills Chinese whistleblower doctor - BBC News
well a man who's become incredibly well known around the world because of the corona virus has died this is the

Chinese

doctor

who tried to warn the medical community about the corona virus he was told to be quiet by the authorities before weeks later being diagnosed with the virus himself here we can see BBC

Chinese

reporting on this saying

doctor

Li was declared dead initially at half-past ten nine local time on February the 6th and that was reported by state media but it got more
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complicated initially there was a huge reaction on

Chinese

social media to this

news

and then journalists and

doctor

s at the scene who did not want their names used told the BBC the government officials then decided to control the flow of information by ordering the

doctor

to be put back on life-support despite the fact he was dead and to change official media reports from death to in critical condition well that attempt to shut down the story has failed an official

Chinese

media is now
reporting the death of

doctor

Li and the background of this is the

doctor

Lee posted a warning on a group chat of medics in December he said he'd seen seven cases that he thought resembled the SARS virus that led to a global epidemic in 2003

Chinese

police then accused him of making false statements of severely disturbing the social order he was then forced to sign a document in which the authorities said we solemnly warned you if you keep being stubborn with such impertinence and continue
this illegal activity you will be brought to justice is that understood and underneath that dr. Li had written yes I do even in January officials in Wuhan where the virus began was insisting but only those who in concert who came in contact with infected animals could catch the virus that wasn't true and no accurate guidance was issued to protect

doctor

s who'd been in contact with infected people then we were told dr. lead fallen ill and finally on the 20th of January China did declare
an emergency connected to the virus go on to the end of January and dr. Lee posted this picture with the words finally diagnosed he confirmed he had the virus well the pictures of dr. Lee in his hospital bed going to become among the defining images of this crisis despite China's efforts to manage this story Isabelle Hilton is from China dialogue this is what China does that China increasingly seeking to control what what people know and that was the problem in the beginning you know if dr.
Lee had been listening to in the beginning if the authorities had acted in the beginning we wouldn't have seen this virus escaped from Wuhan all over China and then internationally and now you know however draconian the measures taken you know this is essentially shutting the stable doors so people like dr. Lee who were sanctioned I mean having been interviewed by the police they had to confess to spreading rumors which is which can carry a five year sentence in China you know they said this
means that that that what the government is most afraid of is information that is inconvenient dr. Lee's death has generated outpouring of anger on social media the BBC's Stephanie Haggerty has been looking at it there is anger at the confusion all around this virus not just about his story and what's happened to him but that certain things may have been suppressed that he was criticized for just doing his job asking his the message he sent to his colleagues was telling them to be
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safe to wear protective clothing and I think there was anger that he is was reprimanded just for being a good sensible

doctor

another thing I found striking following the story today is the a lot of the reports we've had from

Chinese

authorities have been that the people dying from this virus have been elderly people or people with respiratory problems and here we have a man who a middle-aged man apparently in very good health before this virus seemingly losing his life and that kind of
jolts you to the the real risks that come with this virus yeah he was in his early to mid 30s it seems so and by all accounts that we don't know he didn't share that much about his health before he got sick it seems that he was a healthy guy so I guess that is what is worrying people as well and we can only go by what

Chinese

authorities are telling us about who is dying from this virus and I think that the death of someone so high-profile and seemingly so young is definitely creating
fear well while

Chinese

people mourn

doctor

Li the virus continues to spread there are now over 28,000 confirmed cases worldwide 99% of those are in China and 564 deaths have been confirmed the World Health Organization is also telling us the virus is in these 24 countries around the world the biggest number of cases outside of China currently are in Japan with 45 and also Singapore with 20 aids another country which the virus has reached is the UK a third case is being diagnosed here's the
BBC's health editor Hugh Pitt a man middle-aged we're told in Brighton in the South of England became unwell he'd recently returned from Singapore we don't know his nationality he was isolated at home tested positive with a new strain of

coronavirus

and was taken to a hospital in London some thomas's part of the guidance and Thomas's trust which has specialist isolation units for looking after people with infectious diseases similar to the unit in Newcastle which is
caring for two patients already diagnosed and with this diagnosis does it change the broader advised the UK is offering yes because he contracted this virus in Singapore not in China the UK government has decided to extend its advice for travelers coming back into the UK before this if you'd been in China and coming to the UK and develop symptoms you were advised to isolate yourself and call a helpline or call a

doctor

now they're saying for some Asian countries including Singapore and
Malaysia if you've come back and developed symptoms you should isolate yourself so that's an extension geographically of what they were telling visitors to the UK and travellers before well on Tuesday the UK government advised all British citizens to leave China and today the

Chinese

ambassador to the UK has responded criticizing that decision saying it was disproportionate and sowed panic we are the vice the British site to take the professional advice of a blue pitch and British sign
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also agree with us they said they will follow the words does not match with the t's now the World Health Organization's broad view is that it's not good to close borders it argues that people will still travel but they'll start lying about where they've come from which makes the disease harder to manage you will though hear experts for instance the one we're about to hear from in the UK who are defending the British approach well I think quite frankly it's a bit rich
of the

Chinese

to turn around and say we're overreacting this is the country that's now got 30,000 people probably that they have confirmed has this there's probably a big clinical iceberg there where that 30,000 constitutes the tiny tip of that iceberg and there might be as many as a hundred thousand people who are currently infected with it and they've knocked up two new hospitals with a thousand beds in each in about two weeks I'd say that's a pretty forceful reaction
to what they must perceive to be a pretty critical threat our China is now committing extraordinary resources to try and contain this fire let me show you some of the most recent pictures to come into the

news

room first of all this is in who Bay province a place called Yi Chang and as you can see disinfectant is being sprayed all over the streets in an effort to control the virus of course these pictures are from Hong Kong what you can see here in the road is an extraordinarily long queue
thousands of people queuing around the block to try and buy surgical masks to protect themselves from the virus back to will hand the city itself and you can see the kind of a kit that medical professionals are having to wear in order to treat patients in some of these new purpose-built hospitals that have been constructed in under two weeks and then we have these extraordinary scenes - they're being called fever camps in stadiums gymnasiums and conference centres which are being kitted out
with thousands of beds again to look after people who have contracted this virus well among the new cases confirmed today is a newborn baby in the city where the virus began Wuhan and this is important it's the first time an infant as young as this has contracted the disease and it raises the possibility that the virus could be passed from mother to child in the womb although as you'll hear this clip we should emphasize at the moment that's just the theory a newborn baby is very
vulnerable as we all know and so it's possible that the baby picked it up during the process of being born or while mum was holding the little baby and mum was symptomatic and coughing and sneezing we do know that some viruses can cross the placenta it's what we call vertical transmission mother-to-child but we don't definitively know that with this virus at the moment well around the world at least a dozen laboratory is run by drug companies and universities erasing to develop a
vaccine to try and protect people from this virus and of course the more they know about it the better the chance they have of creating the vaccine and the World Health Organization has been outlining today the main gaps in our knowledge of the outbreak we don't know what its natural reservoir is and we don't properly understand its transmissibility or severity to defeat this outbreak we need answers to all those questions and hits you PEM again on the international effort to respond to
the virus the whu-oh at this stage has stopped short of declaring a global pandemic what that tells us is clearly it's a matter of great concern in China but it hasn't spread rapidly so far outside China and in fact the chief medical officer for England professor Chris Witte at a briefing was saying that as long as it stays like that other countries including the UK with the NHS which is very well prepared should be able to deal with a few dozen cases or something like that if it turns
into a pandemic and spreads widely into a number of healthcare systems maybe without adequate measures to contain it that's when it becomes a problem for everybody because of the extent of global travel more people coming in and that'll put more pressure on health systems we're not at that stage yet it's very important to say that I'm glad you brought up this phrase because I'm hearing it a lot will it be declared a global pandemic won't it be declared now presume
it's not just about how we describe what's happening if it's declared such that then triggers certain responses is that how it works yes it's moving from an epidemic in China to a pandemic which has a technical definition for medical authorities which says it is spreading rapidly and in some sense is out of control across a number of different countries at that stage the w-h-o would have to put out new guidelines but each healthcare system would have to work itself with money
through the w-h-o being targeted on those who most need it to try to isolate cases and care for them but certainly that is a worry but it is not at that level as things stand it's very possible that if it stays roughly where it is and then the case numbers start falling then it'll go the other way