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The Wuhan doctor became well-known after he made a December social media post warning about a SARS-like illness. In the weeks that followed, the virus exploded into the epidemic that has sickened more than 25,000, halted travel across parts of China, and led to the mass quarantine of Wuhan, a city of more than 10 million.
But days after Li’s warning on social media, he was reprimanded by police for rumor-mongering online, according to his social media account. He later announced via social media that he had been infected with coronavirus.
Li’s warning, and the police reprimand, have raised questions within China about whether Communist Party authorities could have done more earlier to stop the spread of the infection. His final hours sparked a confusing episode that only reinforced the narrative that Chinese officials were more concerned about stage-managing the message rather than giving transparent updates about developments related to the virus.
The doctor’s death was announced on social media by a Chinese state media-affiliated publication, only to see the posts deleted and replaced by reports that he was still alive. Then hours later he was finally reported dead again by the hospital where he worked.
Chinese netizens accused government authorities of hiding the truth by conjuring up a fake miracle that Li was still alive. The hashtag “I Want Freedom of Speech” picked up amid public anger while these posts were being constantly censored and deleted on Weibo.
Coronavirus – Chinese media giant lists death toll at 24,589 but quickly changes to 304 sparking conspiracies
A CHINESE media giant has sparked conspiracy theories after appearing to publish the coronavirus death toll as more than 24,589 - before changing it to 304.
Tencent, the multinational tech company that developed WeChat, reportedly listed figures for the coronavirus on Saturday showing 154,023 were infected.
Tencent's webpage titled 'Epidemic Situation Tracker' was quickly updated to reflect the official figures of 14,446 infected and 304 dead at the time, according to Taiwan News.
The death toll has since risen to 563 in China, with 28,018 cases confirmed in the country.
Screen grabs showing the site's apparently changing figures, have been widely shared online, sparking conspiracy rumours.
originally posted by: Kenzo
a reply to: DustybudzZ
Well if the TPTB would want o induce mass hysteria, it would be easy peacy becouce they own the MSM .....
I lost trust to NATURAL NEWS, it is on full mass hysteria mode, at least it look to me so....
originally posted by: Kenzo
a reply to: F2d5thCavv2
Yes agree, and China has been scary boogeyman to me even before this all corona started....
Can the mutating also go to better way ?