In addition to Li, at least 4 other citizens(journalists) were arrested after sharing information about the outbreak on social media. Dr. Li was censored for warnings he shared on social media.
Initially, coronavirus was being perceived less prevalent and less deadly in compared to the 2003 SARS outbreak. In the first six months of the year 2003, a deadly disease known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome spread from China into 28 other countries. SARS infected about 8,000 people in total and killed 774.
The majority of the reported cases were from Asia. SARS is believed to be the first pandemic of the 21st century and was swift and terrifying in its impact, unlike HIV which took 20 years to spread across the globe. Even the Ebola outbreak which has tumultuous effects on the lives of people reared its head sporadically.
One of the reasons SARS had such a quick impact was the mishandling of China to confront the outbreak accurately as the country downplayed the actual number of SARS cases in the capital(Beijing). It’s been reported that the actual number of patients was 10 times as much as previously disclosed by the authorities.
Reportedly, SARS began with a businessman who fell ill in Foshan, China. He had pneumonia-like symptoms but the physicians who treated him also contracted the disease. It was only through good hygiene practices, summer warmth, humidity, and isolation practices that the deadly outbreak was curtailed in June 2003. Since 2004, there has been no reported case of SARS.
As far as the Noval Coronavirus outbreak is concerned, history seems to be repeating itself. Whistleblower of deadly virus Dr. Li Wenliang who warned against the disease well in time was silenced by the local police. Dr.Li had sent a message to the group of medical school alumni warning them about the mysterious new illness. But local police reprimanded him and silenced him.
In addition to Li, at least 4 other citizens(journalists) were arrested after sharing information about the outbreak on social media. Dr. Li was censored for warnings he shared on social media. He himself, however, contracted the disease while treating another patient and died on 7 this month.
As of now, the novel coronavirus has infected about 76,000 people and killed more than 2000 people. Israel confirmed the first case of new coronavirus in a woman who’s returned to Israel from a coronavirus hit cruise ship near Tokyo.
Iran reports two new deaths due to coronavirus and 13 new cases. The total number of infected persons in Iran has now reached 18. Ukraine, Soth Korea, Itlay, Germany, Japan, and in many other countries of the world; many people have been tested positive for the novel coronavirus including eighteen former U.S. passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship. These passengers are tested positive for the coronavirus.