Thursday October 1, 2020

Coronavirus: the evolution of an epidemic

Health officials say it’s too early to gauge the potential severity of the novel coronavirus – but the death toll is mounting by the day, countries are closing their borders with China, a global health emergency has been declared and anti-Chinese sentiment is rising. Are we on the cusp of a worldwide crisis?

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

2nd February, 2020

This weekend, China is on lockdown. Schools, tourist attractions and businesses in large cities have shut their doors. Streets in Shanghai and Beijing are deserted. International travel has been disrupted. Expats are being repatriated.

Some countries have sealed their borders with the country, while others have issued advisories telling their citizens not to travel there.

In an unprecedented response to the outbreak of the coronavirus – or, to use the more accurate term, the ...

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