Communist mouthpiece fears credibility risk from Wuhan virus cover-upChina | 20 Jan 2020 3:58 pm
The Global Times, published by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily newspaper, said in an editorial the government needs to disclose all information and not repeat the mistakes made with SARS. Chinese officials covered up the SARS outbreak for weeks before a growing death toll and rumors forced it to reveal the epidemic, Reuters reports.
“Concealment would be a serious blow to the government’s credibility and might trigger greater social panic,” the editorial said.
With the lessons learned from the SARS outbreak in 2003, it’s very difficult to think that Wuhan authorities would intentionally underreport the number of cases: Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin, said.