China virus alarm doctor dies as total deaths soar to 636

The death toll in mainland China's new virus outbreak has risen to 636, including a doctor who got in trouble with authorities in the communist country for sounding an early warning about the disease threat, SIA reports.

Dr. Li Wenliang, 34, was reportedly reprimanded for “spreading rumours” in late December. China said it would investigate Li's death. Meanwhile, a newborn discovered infected 36 hours after birth has become the youngest known patient. The number of people infected globally has risen to more than 31,000.

Li had worked at a hospital in the epicentre of the outbreak in the central city of Wuhan. He was reprimanded by local police for “spreading rumours” about the illness in late December, according to news reports.

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