Backlash in China after front-line doctor dies

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The death of a front-line doctor in central China is provoking a backlash against the authorities' handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Hu Weifeng passed away 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 exact cause of his death has not been made public but the news has triggered an outpouring of anger on Chinese social media sites.

He tested positive for the virus in January, during the early stages of the Chinese outbreak, and was transferred to different hospitals for treatment the following two months.

His condition initially improved in mid-March; however, he then suffered cerebral haemorrhages in late April and May.

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 praise for fighting back against the virus, as both had been critically ill.

The Communist Youth League called them "angels who had fought with death", and Weibo users sympathised with just how much they had to endure on the front-line. (BBC)

  Comments - 8

  • Jehan Wednesday, 03 June 2020 01:48 PM

    China lied people died, kick ccp out of Sri Lanka, we need our country back.

    Mother Lanka Wednesday, 03 June 2020 02:32 PM

    Yes mother lanka must be protected from theifs and liars

    Ralahamy Wednesday, 03 June 2020 05:17 PM

    Front line Doctors and nurses and medical assistants die UK, the USA,China etc, but they are quite safe in Sri Lanka while the security personals are victims of COVID-19. Does this mean that these medical personal do not handle patients but take cover behind security men?

    S. Soysa Wednesday, 03 June 2020 05:43 PM

    Divine punishment is on the way for the CCP

    Kathir Wednesday, 03 June 2020 07:46 PM

    It's time for Sri Lanka to say good bye to china

    Adam Speak Wednesday, 03 June 2020 07:49 PM

    Many front line doctors and nurses have died worldwide. Stupid backlash!! May be Trump killed this Chinese doctor? Ah ah ah

    Namal Perera Wednesday, 03 June 2020 08:29 PM

    One day the third world war start because of China. Without China, the world has peace. We should unite against China

    RP Wednesday, 03 June 2020 09:14 PM

    RIP Doctors.I have tremendous respect for chinese people but not the "CCP Mafia". The CCP is dragging China to a disastrous path.

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