China begins probe after death of doctor who warned of coronavirus


BEIJING: China's anti-graft watchdog has begun an investigation into issues involving the death of a whistleblowing doctor after it sparked anger over the government's handling of the coronavirus emergency.


The discipline inspection commission said a team would go to Wuhan, the virus-hit city where doctor, Li Wenliang died, to "conduct a comprehensive investigation into issues involving Dr. Li Wenliang reported by the masses".

Li, 34, who was penalized by the Wuhan police saying his warning was a rumour that could create unnecessary scare among people, died early Friday, according Wuhan Central Hospital. Li was among eight physicians punished by Wuhan police for discussing the emergence of a SARS-like virus on social media in December.

The death of the ophthalmologist sparked an outpouring of grief and anger over a worsening crisis that has now killed more than 630 people.

At least 31,000 people have now been infected by a virus in China and cases have been found in over two dozen countries, triggering an international health crisis.

China's supreme court in January criticised Wuhan police for punishing early "rumour mongers," saying the outbreak may not have become so serious "if the public had believed these 'rumours' at the time" (with inputs from NDTV)

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