The Wuhan doctor who was first to disclose and blew the whistle on the discovery of the novel coronavirus is now infected by #2019nCoV.
This we can relate even as the same doctor was subsequently punished by Chinese authorities for divulging his pioneer discovery.
Opthalmologist Li Wenliang at the Wuhan Central Hospital, the ground zero of the infection, earlier confirmed that the “test on nucleic acid (the novel coronavirus) was positive.”
The doctor was confirmed to have posted his findings on Chinese social media Weibo.
Eight doctors with the same information as Li reported patients sick with symptoms manifesting likeness to the previous SARS killer before the year ended last December.
It was Li who alerted medical practioners using the WeChat app with a short message of “Seven cases of SARS confirmed.”
That message came into the radar of police authorities and moved quickly to silence the doctor with the threat of punishment.
He was subsequently forced to sign a document which warn him to stop from being stubborn, being impertinent and doing illegal activity. The warning also include the harsh threat he will be brought to justice.
Depressing/infuriating read:— David Paulk 波大卫 (@davidpaulk) February 1, 2020
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. https://t.co/jJ4Dbkzj2l pic.twitter.com/DGPmq1Nkv8
The United States has come forward with proactive action as pronounced here: US taskforce on new coronavirus. Other countries have already instituted official positions to counter spread of the disease including halting flights coming from and to Wuhan and China.
The number of persons infected with novel coronavirus and those who have succumbed to the infection is increasing. But the exact number may not be the correct one being released and shared in its official count by China.
Please continue reading until the end of this post as we also feature the panel discussion on the novel coronavirus and its ramifications in the economy and trade.
Also, the threat of novel coronavirus is seen to disrupt commerce and economy not only of countries now embattled with the infection but the world, in general.
Latest for @NAR – Over the last week, I was busy reaching out to sources stranded in #Wuhan since the city enforced the lockdown. Some of the valuable insights become part of this issue’s cover story in Nikkei. https://t.co/OWBouyBVSO— William Yang (@WilliamYang120) January 29, 2020
And below, is the continuing panel coverage of the pandemic and its ramifications: