Censors were suppressing information about the coronavirus when health workers in China first started warning their loved ones about the severity of the infection.
The Chinese regime censored any information on the Chinese app known as WeChat, reported the Wall Street Journal on Friday, March 6, with some being punished for alerting their colleagues of the virus.

“[C]oronavirus confirmed, and type being determined,” wrote Li Wenliang, a doctor at Wuhan Central hospital, in a message on WeChat. He added, “Don’t leak it. Tell your family and relatives to take care.”
Li, 33, an ophthalmologist, posted a warning to fellow medics on Dec. 30, after he had observed seven cases of a virus that was very similar to the SARS virus, and he had suggested medical staff be mindful of wearing protective clothing to avoid infection.

Four days later, the Public Security Bureau summoned him and demanded he sign a letter, accusing him of spreading rumors, and “making false comments” that had “severely disturbed the social order.” Li agreed not to voice his concerns in public again, reported The Guardian.

Li posted on Weibo, describing how he had become infected with the coronavirus. He said he began coughing on Jan. 10, followed by a fever the following day, and two days later he was admitted to hospital.

 Li was confirmed to have the virus on Jan. 30. The news of his death a week later triggered a massive reaction on Weibo, China’s equivalent to Twitter. Before his death, Li had begun distributing videos and information obtained from Ai Fen, who runs the emergency department at Wuhan Central hospital. It has been reported that Li was reprimanded for his actions, and forced to apologize, according to the Daily Caller.

Dr. Li Wenliang (L) before contracting coronavirus and (R) after being admitted to Wuhan hospital Jan. 15. (screenshot Fox News)

A report, by the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of global affairs and public policy, that during January and February, “a wide breadth of content” was censored on WeChat and YY, a Chinese live-streaming platform, which included any criticism of the Chinese Communist Party, reported The Guardian. Hundreds of keywords and keyword combinations, including “Wuhan seafood market” and “SARS variation” were censored in late December, as doctors raced against time to warn about the new virus.

The report says censorship of the COVOID-19 outbreak in China is “troubling.”

“Our findings show that information on COVID-19 is being tightly controlled on Chinese social media,” the report said. “Censorship of COVID-19 content started at early stages of the outbreak and continued to expand blocking a wide range of speech, from criticism of the government to officially sanctioned facts and information.”

“Countering misinformation and uninformed speculation related to the epidemic may help keep public fear in check and remove information that would mislead people about how best to protect themselves. However, restricting general discussions and factual information has the opposite effect and limits public awareness and response,” continued the report.

The heavy censorship on the virus began the day after Li and his colleagues posted warnings on WeChat about the virus on Dec. 30.

The report said on Dec. 31 that YY added 45 keywords or combinations referencing the unknown virus to its blacklist, including unknown Wuhan pneumonia, Wuhan seafood market, SARS variation, SARS outbreak in Wuhan, and Wuhan health committee, reported The Guardian.

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