Doc at whistleblower's hospital dies from virus

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 3 Jun 2020

A Wuhan doctor who worked with coronavirus whistleblower Li Wenliang died of the virus last week, becoming China's first Covid-19 fatality in weeks.

Hu Weifeng, 42, a urologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, died on Friday after being treated for Covid-19 and allied issues for more than four months, state broadcaster CCTV said.

He is the sixth doctor from Wuhan Central Hospital to have died from the virus, which emerged in the central Chinese city late last year.

Hu's condition became a national concern after Chinese media showed images of him with his skin turned black due to liver damage.

Fellow doctor Yi Fan showed similar symptoms, but recovered and has since been discharged from hospital.

The death of their colleague Li Wenliang in February triggered a national outpouring of grief and rage against the government. The 34-year-old ophthalmologist was reprimanded by authorities after he warned colleagues about the virus in late December.

Beijing has since named him a national martyr but suppressed much of the dissent and criticism sparked by his death. Other medical whistleblowers at Wuhan Central Hospital have told Chinese media they were punished by authorities for speaking out.

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