US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The government of the Chinese province of Hubei has decided to assign the title of “fallen heroes” to 14 doctors who died fighting the epidemic of coronavirus, China Central Television reported on Thursday.
The name list also includes Li Wenliang, who was among the first to warn of the spread of pneumonia in Wuhan, similar to SARS.
Wang Bin, Feng Xiaolin, Jiang Xueqing, Liu Zhiming, Zhang Kanmei, Xiao Jun, Wu Yun, Liu Fan, Xia Sysy, Huang Wenjun, Mei Zhongming, Peng Inhua, Liao Jianjun also received the title of “fallen hero.”
“Not paying attention to their own security, they showed determination and dedication, sacrificed their lives to fulfill their main mission of serving the people,” the provincial government’s statement quoted the channel as saying.
The authorities of Hubei emphasized that since the formation of the PRC, the COVID-19 epidemic has become the country’s largest public health emergency with the fastest spread and largest in coverage, this epidemic has become the most difficult task for the country’s authorities in capturing the organization and implementation of prevention and control.
“Numerous medical professionals and those who fought the epidemiological struggle bravely fought against the advanced work of preventing and controlling the spread of the disease. They made an outstanding contribution to the victory of Hubei and Wuhan in this defensive war, many examples worthy of praise appeared, and these 14 comrades are their best representatives,” stated in a statement.
“Fallen Heroes” – the highest honorific title awarded by the Communist Party and the country to citizens who have dedicated their lives to serving the state, society and people.
Wuhan Central Hospital doctor, Li Wenliang, wrote to colleagues on WeChat social network groups on December 30 that seven cases of SARS were confirmed in the Huanan seafood market. He did not know that the new coronavirus belongs to another strain. Li Wenliang post spread across various Chinese social networks, it immediately became viral, as people were increasingly afraid of the return of SARS.
The next day, Li Wenliang and seven other doctors, who posted on the social networks with reports of a growing outbreak, were summoned to the Wuhan City police. They were warned and henceforth not to make “false online statements” that could seriously undermine public order.
Lee wrote in his official Weibo microblogging account that on January 11 he developed a cough and fever. In his latest publication, the doctor said that he confirmed a coronavirus infection.
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