Public outrage in China after front-line doctor dies
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The death of a front-line doctor in central China is provoking a public condemnation against the authorities’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr Hu Weifeng died on 2 June, after a four-month fight with Covid-19.
‘He made headlines in March, when his skin turned black “due to liver dysfunction” during his treatment.’
The real cause of his death has not been disclosed to the public but the news has set off an unending anger on Chinese social media sites.
Dr Hu Weifeng, and a colleague, cardiologist Yi Fan, went viral in April after official media publicised their “tough battle against the virus”.
Users of the popular Sina Weibo microblog were stunned at the time to see that the pigmentation had changed in their faces, which media said “could be due to abnormal liver functions”.
The two became known as “the two black-faced Wuhan doctors”, and they won nationwide cheers for their struggle back against the virus, as both had been very sick.
Dr Li became popular as China’s “whistle-blower” doctor, who first make colleagues aware about the danger of the virus back in late December.
His death instigated national anger, as it became clear that the authorities had tried to silence him by giving him a scolding.
It is still not known whether the two knew each other, as the two doctors worked in different departments.
*There are reportedly more than 4,200 hospital employees at the Wuhan Central Hospital.*
The cause of his death has not been made public; however, Global Times says that “his situation was severe and he became emotionally unstable”.