Doctor Who Tried to Warn of Outbreak Near Death from Coronavirus

WUHAN, China — A doctor who was among the first to warn about the coronavirus outbreak — only to be silenced by the police — was clinging to life on Friday after having become infected, the hospital treating him reported.

The Wuhan City Central Hospital said in a post at about 12:45 a.m. on Friday on its official account on the Chinese social media site, Weibo, that it was still trying to save the doctor, Li Wenliang, and that he was in critical condition.

Other Chinese news reports said, without clear sourcing, that Dr. Li, 34, was already dead. The World Health Organization issued a message of condolence on Twitter, without specifying the source of its information.

The New York Times wrote about the doctor on Feb. 1, documenting his efforts to alert colleagues about patient…

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