The assaulter, who was on the woman’s bed, ran away after she coughed and told him she just returned from Wuhan.
Li Wenliang noticed seven patients with SARS-like symptoms in December and tried to warn the world about it but was silenced by police.
The country’s health minister said that no special drug was used to treat the patient.
Hong Kong was all set to celebrate its most important holiday, but the fear of a new coronavirus outbreak is dampening festivities.
The mysterious and deadly new strain of coronavirus that originated in China has infected close to 500 people. It initially has flu-like symptoms but, in severe cases, can permanently damage the lungs.