Doctor Warns Up To 30% Of Medical Staff Working In Wuhan Hospital Now Infected With nCoV

As we noted earlier, the death of Dr. Li Wenliang, which was confirmed early Friday by Wuhan City Central Hospital, the same hospital where Dr. Li worked, and where he was punished for warning medical students about the novel coronavirus in a private chatroom.

Li and seven others were punished for their early warnings about the virus. Now, Li he has joined the more than 600 other Chinese who have succumbed to the virus's pneumonia-like symptoms and his death has ignited nationwide morning and demands for more free speech.

His portrait has become a symbol of resistance during an extremely difficult time on mainland China, where nearly 1/3 of the country's population is being held captive in their homes by China's sprawling security apparatus.

Lists of heroes who have been censored or punished for speaking the truth about the virus are circulating on Twitter.

Amnesty International weighed in on Dr. Li Wenliang death, calling it a "tragic reminder" of how Beijing's "preoccupation with stability" inspired it to suppress vital information.

Over the last two days, Beijing has made a big show of opening two new hospitals in Wuhan that were built in under two weeks. Videos like this one have circulated widely in the western press - China's target audience.

We've already reported how the hospitals look more like prisons with medical equipment. But come to find out that most of the hospitals are actually being run by their patients. Dr. Feigl-Ding, the Harvard epidemiologist who is one of many academics slammed as an alarmist for telling the truth, tweeted that nearly one-third of the patients in one hospital in Wuhan are also medical staff. There's a common trope to describe this: something about lunatics running the asylum?

We wonder how many more doctors will need to die before the mainland really does 'import Hong Kong's sickness'?