Anger in China as doctor who died of Covid-19 omitted from citizen awards

Lavish ceremony fails to mention Li Wenliang, who spoke up about virus, prompting online outcry

In a lavish ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday, Chinese leader Xi Jinping recognised a select group of citizens for their outsize contributions to the country’s fight against Covid-19 and praised his party’s resilience when faced with such “an extraordinary and historic test”.

In front of hundreds of party officials, cadres and health workers, Xi carefully draped a heavy gold medal over the head of the senior epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan. He awarded medals to a traditional Chinese medicine expert, the head of a Wuhan hospital at the forefront of the outbreak, and a military biomedical expert. More than 40 medical workers, local officials and police who died during the outbreak were also commended.

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