In December 2019, the first case of the coronavirus was discovered in Wuhan, China. Since then, it has spread to dozens of other countries and resulted in tens of thousands of people being infected and hundreds of deaths.
When the virus began to spread, Chinese citizens who tried to warn others about the illness were accused of lying and told by police to stop their “illegal activity”. Since then, China’s top officials have admitted there were shortcomings in response to the virus and recognised they must improve their national emergency management system.
“There’s no denying that there should have been more information, more transparency, and a better emergency response system in place,” China Global Television Network anchor Wang Guan said.
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