Early in the morning of January 1, 2020, Hua-Nan Wet Market was shut down. On the same day, the 8 early whistleblowers, including Dr. Li Wenliang, were indicted and punished.

According to Sina News, early in the morning of January 1, 2020, shop owners in Hua-Nan Wet Market in Wuhan received notice of the market closure: “In accordance with State Department’s Public Health Emergencies Response Ordinance and considering the current pneumonia outbreak situation as notified by Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, it has been decided that Hua-Nan Wet Market be closed for cleaning and sanitization purposes. We request everyone’s cooperation in this decision. The re-open schedule will be decided later.”

Hua-Nan Wet Market closure notice, source: Sina News

At around 5 PM that day, according to reports from, Wuhan Police issued the following notice on its official Weibo channel:

 “Recently, some hospitals in our city have accepted several pneumonia patients, and the Municipal Health Committee have issued a press release on this matter.

However, there are some netizens who published or quoted fake information without verifying the validity of the sources, and has caused negative influence in the society. After investigation and verification, we have indicted 8 people, who will be punished according to the applicable law.”

Wuhan Police indicted 8 people who released “fake news”,  Source: