A doctor Chinese authorities reprimanded early January for warning about cases he found similar to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that eventually turned out to be a new strain of coronavirus, died Friday from the disease.

As confirmed on his official Weibo social media account by the Wuhan Central Hospital where he worked and was admitted days after contracting the virus, ophthalmologist Li Wenliang, 34, died early at 2.58 am local time Friday morning (18.58 GMT on Wednesday). EFE-EPA