Dr. Li’s message is one of the first acknowledgements by a healthcare worker of the coronavirus.
44 cases of unknown pneumonia identified
You’re warned and reprimanded for your illegal activity of publishing false information online.
Instead of acting to contain the spread of the virus, the Wuhan government moved to stop the spread of information. Eight doctors were reprimanded by the local police for spreading “rumors” online.
Knowing that Dr. Li had contracted the virus should have indicated to officials that the virus was likely to be transmitted person-to-person, rather than just animal-to-human.
So far no infection found among medical staff, no proof of human-to-human transmission.
Despite Dr. Li’s scan, and other cases of infected doctors, the Wuhan Health Commission maintained that the virus had “no proof of human-to-human transmission.”
We’ve identified 41 confirmed cases of coronavirus and one death. No new cases discovered since Jan. 3, 2020.
In the same bulletin, authorities identify the unknown pneumonia as a new type of coronavirus. They claim that in the eight days since their first statement, they have seen no new cases, but say one person has been killed by the virus. The total confirmed cases drops after some cases were deemed false positives.
We have not found proof for human-to-human transmission. The possibility of limited human-to-human transmission cannot be excluded, but the risk of sustained transmission is low.
The local government’s message starts to change. It acknowledges that it is possible that the virus can be transmitted from person-to-person. At the same time, it says the risk of that is low.
We have confirmed 41 cases of novel coronavirus in Wuhan, and two deaths.
The local authorities say there were no new cases confirmed between Jan. 3 and Jan. 16.
The maximum incubation period for coronavirus is 15 days. Since there were no additional cases found in mainland China since Jan. 3, the epidemic should be under control. The public can be assured for a good new year holiday.
The official figures painted an optimistic picture that the epidemic was under control.
Beginning today CDC will be screening passengers on direct and connecting flights from Wuhan… Regarding exit screening in Wuhan, to the best of our knowledge, it is not ongoing at this time.
While authorities in China played down the epidemic and allowed travel to continue as usual, the international community took action to prevent the spread of the virus.
198 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Wuhan, three deaths.
In statements on consecutive days, officials announce that the number of confirmed cases is on the rise again, more than quadrupling from the first statement to the second.
According to preliminary findings, the virus is not very infectious. The possibility of limited human-to-human transmission cannot be excluded, but the risk of sustained transmission is low.
Local authorities finally stop saying that there is “no proof” of the virus transmitting person-to-person. They still say the risk of it happening is low.
There’s clear proof for human-to-human transmission in Wuhan.
This was a turning point in the effort to control the information about the virus. An official of the national government took to state television to warn the public of the outbreak in a way local officials had never done.
Starting at 10 am, city buses, subways, ferries and long-haul passenger buses will stop operating. Wuhan citizens without special reasons should not leave the city. Exits from the airport and train stations will be closed temporarily. Time to resume upon further notice.
China took unprecedented action to quarantine an entire city two days before the lunar new year, a clear signal to the public of the severity of the epidemic. Five million people had already left Wuhan during the lunar new year transportation rush.
I hope people could understand [the reasons led to] ]the delayed information disclosure. There are laws regulating infectious diseases, which have to be disclosed accordingly. As someone in the local government, after obtaining the information, I need to get approval before disclosing it...
The mayor of Wuhan admits that the information about the virus was intentionally kept from the public and says bureaucracy is to blame for the delay.
Among the first 425 patients with confirmed NCIP… reported by January 22, human-to-human transmission among close contacts has occurred since the middle of December and spread out gradually within a month after that.
A paper published in a US medical journal reveals that person-to-person transmission of the virus was occuring in mid-December, well before Dr. Li sent his Wechat.
China has shared information about the epidemic and related preventive measures 30 times with the US since Jan. 3. The centers for disease prevention and control of the two countries had multiple communications.
Chinese people were enraged to hear that they were being kept in the dark about the virus even when officials thought the situation was serious enough to have ongoing communication with the US. The foreign ministry later deleted the press release it posted on Weibo.
Chinese doctor Li Wenliang, one of the eight whistleblowers in #Wuhan who tried to warn novel #coronavirus outbreak on Dec. 30 but was summoned by local police for “spreading rumor”, dies from coronavirus infection on Thurs night, sparking national grief
This is apparently the time Dr. Li lost his heartbeat. A number of medical professionals announced his death at 9:30pm Beijing time on Weibo.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr Li Wenliang. We all need to celebrate work that he did on #2019nCoV …
The WHO perpetuated the report of Dr. Li’s death, but later deleted the tweet and said they couldn’t confirm he died.
In an effort to combat the novel coronavirus epidemic, our doctor Li Wenliang unfortunately got infected. He’s in critical condition. All effort is now put into rescuing him.
On top of all of the untrustworthy information the government was putting out about the virus, state media was reporting that Dr. Li had died, but the hospital was saying he had not.
We deeply mourn the death of #Wuhan doctor Li wenliang, who unfortunately got infected with novel #Coronavirus while battling the epidemic. After all-effort rescue, Li passed away on 2:58 am, Feb. 7.
The 5.5-hour gap between the first report of his passing and the time of death reported here stirred confusion. Some thought the authorities feared Dr. Li’s death would spark mass grief and anger toward the government. They suspected government officials ordered the hospital to keep trying to rescue Dr. Li when he would have otherwise been announced dead sooner. What really happened is still unknown.