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  • Ricksel Penullar

The Corona Disease

The CoronaVirus is a deadly respiratory disease in which the incubation period time is 14-10 days for the actual symptoms to pop up.

The origins of The Coronavirus started at the outbreak in Wuhan, China. Li Weilang first noticed this strange virus and warned 30 doctors about the deadly disease. On 30 December, he sent a message to fellow doctors in a chat group warning them to wear protective clothing to avoid infection. Four days later, he was summoned to the Public Security Bureau, where he was told to sign a letter. In the letter, he was accused of "making false comments" that had "severely disturbed the social order" (even though it was not a rumor. He was one of eight people who police said were being investigated for "spreading rumours" Local authorities later apologised to Dr Li. In his Weibo post he describes how on 10 January he started coughing, the next day he had a fever and two days later he was in hospital. He was diagnosed with the coronavirus on 30 January. The death of Dr Li Wenliang has been a heart-breaking moment for China. Many people were frustrated by Dr. Li's death as Businessmen, artists, Blue-collar jobs, and lawyers began to voice their opinion on this matter.

For the Chinese leadership, it is a political disaster. It lays bare the worst aspects of China's command and control system of governance under Xi Jinping - and the Communist Party would have to be blind not to see it. If your response to a dangerous health emergency is for the police to harass a doctor trying to blow the whistle, then the structure is flawed. The city's mayor - reaching for excuses - said he needed clearance to release critical information that all Chinese people were entitled to receive. Dr. Li's death is not a clear example of the limits to the party's ability to manage an emergency - when openness can save lives, and restricting it can kill and put many lives at risk. A wave of anger and grief flooded Chinese social media site Weibo when news of Dr. Li's death broke late on Thursday. The top two trending hashtags on the website were "Wuhan government owes Dr. Li Wenliang and apology" and "We want the freedom of speech" Both hashtags were quickly censored.

When the BBC searched Weibo on Friday morning, hundreds of thousands of comments had already been wiped. Many have now taken to posting under the hashtag "Can you manage, do you understand?" - a reference to the letter Dr. Li was told to sign where he was accused of disturbing "social order."Only a handful of critical comments now remain - many of which do not directly name him, but are an indication of the mounting anger and distrust towards the Chinese government." Do not forget how you feel now. Do not forget this anger. We must not let this happen again," said one comment on Weibo." The truth will always be treated as a rumor. How long are you going to lie? Are you still lying? What else do you have to hide?" another said. What does this all mean? The Censoring of Dr. Li Yang about the CoronaVirus became a significant turning point in the beliefs of the Chinese people. Their demand is the right to have freedom of speech, and many people are gathering together to make their voice heard ever since the outbreak happened.

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