Tag: Epidemics

In Coronavirus, a ‘Battle’ That Could Humble China’s Strongman

BEIJING — It took thousands of infections and scores of deaths from a mysterious virus for China’s authoritarian leader to publicly say what had become glaringly obvious to many in recent weeks: The country is facing a grave public health crisis. After his declaration, the leader, Xi Jinping, put China on a virtual war footing […]

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Coronavirus Exposes Core Flaws, and Few Strengths, in China’s Governance

It was the initial news reports that first suggested China’s political system might be getting in the way of its ability to confront the coronavirus outbreak. The outbreak seemed to already be a full-blown crisis, infecting dozens in China and even some abroad, by the time it became widely reported. This seeming delay was of […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Death Toll Reaches 56, as Shanghai Is Hit

Here’s what you need to know: Death toll rises to 56; one fatality in Shanghai. China on Sunday morning announced 15 more deaths from the new coronavirus, including one in Shanghai, the first reported so far in the metropolis. Thirteen more deaths were also announced in Hubei Province, where the outbreak began, and one was […]

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Fear and Ire Over Dangerous Virus Overshadow China’s Big Holiday

WUHAN, China — The Lunar New Year festivities were just hours away, but instead of helping to prepare a joyous family banquet, Chen Yanming stood anxiously outside a hospital where her father was being tested for a dangerous new virus. “Today should be the Chinese people’s happiest day,” Ms. Chen, 47, said here in Wuhan, […]

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Panic and Criticism Spread on Chinese Social Media Over Coronavirus

HONG KONG — While China’s state-run media has urged calm and praised the official response to the coronavirus outbreak, a different story is playing out across the country’s tightly controlled social media networks. In the digital world, China’s citizens are expressing panic and frustration. They are overcoming a lack of reporting in the official media […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Deaths Recorded Hundreds of Miles from Center of Outbreak

A deadly outbreak is growing. Here’s what you need to know. ImageMedical workers transfer a patient to a hospital in Wuhan, China, on Thursday. The mysterious disease has killed 26 people so far.Credit…EPA, via Shutterstock The death toll jumps as millions are caught in lockdown. The authorities greatly expanded a travel lockdown in central China […]

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Is America Ready for Another Outbreak?

The last time the world heard about a coronavirus outbreak in China, in early 2003, it ended up spreading to more than two dozen countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, sickening about 8,000 people and killing almost 800. The illness was named severe acute respiratory syndrome, more commonly known as SARS and still remembered […]

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Wuhan Coronavirus Is Spreading, but W.H.O. Says It Is Not an Emergency

The World Health Organization on Thursday declined to declare a global emergency as a deadly respiratory virus spread from China to at least five other countries. Less than a month after the first few cases of illness were reported in Wuhan, China, at least 600 people are known to have been infected, and at least […]

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Is China Setting Itself Up for Another Epidemic?

On Sunday, a friend of mine in China wrote an ominous, two-word post on WeChat: “Broke out.” He meant that a mysterious surge in cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, a city in central China, was, in fact, an outbreak of something more serious. The first case of the Wuhan virus was detected on Dec. 12. […]

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Scale of China’s Wuhan Shutdown Is Believed to Be Without Precedent

In closing off Wuhan, a city of more than 11 million people, China is deploying a centuries-old public health tactic to prevent the spread of infectious disease — this time, a mysterious respiratory infection caused by a coronavirus. Experts said the stunning scale of the shutdown, isolating a major urban transit hub larger than New […]

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A Scramble to Retrace the Steps of the First Wuhan Coronavirus Case in the U.S.

SEATTLE — Health officials scrambled on Wednesday to contact more than a dozen people who may have been exposed to the United States’ first case of Wuhan coronavirus, even as regulators sought to assure the public there was little risk from an illness that has rapidly spread across Asia, killing at least 17 people. The […]

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China Silences Critics Over Coronavirus Outbreak

The SARS disaster was supposed to drag China into a new era of openness and responsibility. The deadly disease rippled across the world 17 years ago, abetted by a Chinese government that covered up its spread. As the scope of it became clear, China’s journalists, intellectuals and other critics helped shame Beijing into opening up […]

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As a Deadly Virus Spreads, China Controls the Narrative

The SARS disaster was supposed to drag China into a new era of openness and responsibility. The deadly disease rippled across the world 17 years ago, abetted by a Chinese government that covered up its spread. As the scope of it became clear, China’s journalists, intellectuals and other critics helped shame Beijing into opening up […]

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As Coronavirus Spreads from China, Scientists See Grim Reminders

Less than a month after the first few cases of a new respiratory illness were reported in Wuhan, China, travelers have carried the virus to at least four other countries, including the United States. More than 400 people have been infected, at least 17 have died — and the world is bracing itself for what […]

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Coronavirus Outbreak Forces Chinese to Rethink Travel Plans

BEIJING — The Lunar New Year holiday in China is the world’s largest annual migration of people, with hundreds of millions of travelers fanning out across the country and the world, and hundreds of billions of dollars spent on hotels, restaurants and shopping. Now, with a mysterious new pneumonia-like coronavirus that spreads between people, it’s […]

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What We Know About the Wuhan Coronavirus

An outbreak of a new coronavirus in China has killed nine people and sickened more than 400, and has spread to several other countries. The first case outside of Asia was announced on Tuesday, as federal health officials confirmed that a Washington State man who had recently traveled to China had been hospitalized. Here’s a […]

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As New Virus Spreads From China, Scientists See Grim Reminders

Less than a month after the first few cases of a new respiratory illness were reported in Wuhan, China, travelers have carried the virus to at least four other countries, including the United States. More than 400 people have been infected, at least nine have died — and the world is bracing itself for what […]

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First Wuhan Coronavirus Patient Identified in the United States

A person in Washington State is infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, the first confirmed case in the United States of a mysterious respiratory infection that has killed at least six people and sickened hundreds more in Asia. The man is a resident of Snohomish County, Wash., who experienced symptoms after returning from a trip to […]

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China’s Communist Party Scrambles to Confront Coronavirus Outbreak, a Test of Its Transparency

WUHAN, China — Facing growing pressure to contain a deadly viral outbreak that has spread in Asia, China’s ruling Communist Party raced on Tuesday to confront the disease, slapping restrictions on the epicenter in the central city of Wuhan and warning that anyone who hides infections will be “forever nailed to history’s pillar of shame.” […]

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Fears of China’s Coronavirus Prompt Australia to Screen Flights

HONG KONG — Australian officials said Tuesday that the country would begin screening passengers on flights from Wuhan, the Chinese city where a new coronavirus has infected more than 200 people and killed at least four, as global concern has grown about the spread of the disease. Adding to worries about the outbreak was confirmation […]

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