fredag 14. februar 2020

Three things the Chinese government tried to hide during the novel coronavirus outbreak

China has been praised by the WHO for being transparent and collaborative in taking on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan. They’ve been sharing information about the virus, now known as Covid-19, with the international community since late December when Wuhan reported the first cluster of patients carrying an unknown pneumonia virus. Chinese scientists figured out the genetic sequence of the new virus on Jan. 12, less than two weeks into the research.

The everyday people of China, however, didn’t know any of this. Inside China, government officials downplayed the severity of the virus and tightly controlled information related to it including its ability to transmit from person to person, the number of people infected, and the circumstances around the death of Dr. Li Wenliang, a whistleblower.