Chinese surgeon who exposed SARS cover-up dies at 91, greeted with silence in China..
A renowned Chinese military surgeon who went on record to expose Beijing’s attempts at covering up the true extent and impact of the 2003 SARS outbreak has passed away at the age of 91. Dr. Jiang Yanyong’s death has been met with an eerie silence in China, with no official statement or acknowledgement of his passing by the government or state-run media.
In 2003, while working at a Beijing military hospital where he treated some of the earliest cases of SARS, Dr. Jiang defied orders and publicly revealed that the virus had spread uncontrollably in the city, contradicting the Chinese government’s repeated claims of containment. His courageous act served to expose the true extent and seriousness of the outbreak, forcing the government to admit to a much larger number of cases and deaths than initially reported.
Dr. Yanyong’s brave actions came at great personal cost, including detainment and house arrest, but his legacy remains a symbol of truth and transparency in a country where such virtues are seldom rewarded. His death is a reminder of the ongoing struggle for free speech and accountability in China. The news of his passing was reported by The Wall Street Journal on 15th March 2023.
Source : @WSJ
A Chinese military surgeon who sounded the alarm on Beijing’s efforts to cover up the extent of a 2003 outbreak of SARS has died at age 91. His death was met with silence in China.
A Chinese military surgeon who sounded the alarm on Beijing’s efforts to cover up the extent of a 2003 outbreak of SARS has died at age 91. His death was met with silence in China. https://t.co/KhaPv86kzu
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) March 15, 2023