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The coronavirus reveals China’s weakness in handling public health crises

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In two months, the new coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China has spread to every province of China and at least 23 countries around the world, killing over 200 people and infected over 17,000

Journalists, scholars, and public health experts both in and out of China have pointed to the lack of data and public communication in the initial and critical stage of the virus’s spread. 

By late January, amid international pressure, the Chinese government took drastic measures to contain the virus, including building a hospital in 10 days and putting a city of 11 million people, and later an entire province, under an effective quarantine. The World Health Organization praised and congratulated China for its swift response and transparency. 

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