COVID-19 cases to reach 1 million worldwide, Australia death toll stands at 24

COVID-19 cases to reach 1 million worldwide, Australia death toll stands at 24

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Dr Li Wenliang was threatened by police after warning other doctors about early cases of COVID-19, which he at first thought might be SARS returning. He died from the illness on February 7.

Now, in major backtracking, China had declared Li a “martyr,” along with 13 other medical workers who died “on the frontline” of fighting the novel coronavirus in central China’s Hubei province.

According to state media Xinhua, “martyrs are the highest honorary title which the Party and the country award to citizens who bravely sacrifice their lives for the nation, society and the people.”

“They were described as excellent representatives of role models among frontline medics and epidemic prevention workers,” the report said.

The 14 “martyrs” named are: Wang Bing, Feng Xiaolin, Jiang Xueqing, Liu Zhiming, Li Wenliang, Zhang Kangmei, Xiao Jun, Wu Yong, Liu Fan, Xia Sisi, Huang Wenjun, Mei Zhongming, Peng Yinhua and Liao Jianjun.