The doctor who tried to raise the alarm about the coronavirus in Wuhan, Li Wenliang, will be "remembered as a hero," China's Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming said Sunday, as Chinese authorities face fierce criticism on social media for their treatment of Li.
Li died in the early hours of Friday morning local time.
“But he’s one of millions of Chinese medical doctors and nurses," Liu said in an interview to the BBC.
"We have so many of them ... put their lives in the forefront of this battle,” he added.
The ambassador on his Twitter account earlier paid tribute to Li, writing that he would be “remembered for high responsibility & devotion as a doctor."
Li tried to warn the public about a potential “SARS-like” disease in December 2019, but was questioned by local authorities and later summoned by Wuhan police to sign a reprimand letter in which he was accused of “spreading rumors online” and “severely disrupting social order."