Since the Covid-19 outbreak began, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been criticised for its slowness in declaring the coronavirus to be a global pandemic, and for defending China’s handling of the epidemic.
A few places have seemed to have things more under control though. One of them is Taiwan.
Since January 23rd, the city of Wuhan has been under lockdown. 11 million people have been subjected to unprecedented quarantine restrictions for more than a month.
As public discontent has grown, the state has clamped down and restricted communications in social media. Authorities have silenced critics and arrested citizen journalists, including Fang Bin , Chen Qiushi and Li Zehua.
Not everyone is willing to stay silent though. We spoke to some locals who have experienced heartbreaks, but determined to fight the battle.
Hi all! Do you still remember my 46-min documentary “In the Prisons that Don’t Exist” covering the detention of more than one million Uyghurs and other Muslims in the “re-education camps” in Xinjiang, China?
I talked to Dr. Thomas Tsang, former Controller of the Centre for Health Protection, who’s known for his work combating bird and swine flu and indeed SARS which is very similar to the current Wuhan coronavirus.
On Saturday, China reported the first fatality of a 61-year-old man who died from the new strain of coronavirus known as the “Wuhan pneumonia”.
Most of the infected patients have had contact with the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market, where wild animals were sold.