The family of a deceased doctor, Dr. Li Wenliang, who blew the whistle on the novel coronavirus and was investigated for “making false comments” when he posted about coronavirus, has been awarded $117,400 (821,000 Chinese yuan) in compensation.
The doctor died from the virus early in the morning of Friday, February 7 — And the announcement that the death was ruled a workplace injury came Friday evening after the central government announced it would send a team to investigate his case earlier that day.
Li on December 30, posted on Weixin, China’s leading chat app, to a group of medical classmates, about “7 confirmed cases of SARS.” The local police investigated him and forced him to sign a document on January 3 for “seriously disturbing social order.” Seven others were also labeled “rumourmongers.”
Li later posted a photo of the document to his own Weibo account.
Although he was not formally charged, he was warned that he would be legally punished if he continued engaging in such “illegal activities.”
The doctor after returning to work, contracted the coronavirus on January 8 and began receiving intensive care on January 12 and passed away on February 7.
The compensation includes 785,020 yuan ($112,100) in one-time compensation and 36,834 yuan ($5,260) in funeral expenses.