Not much has changed in China since Sars, analyst saysChina | 13 Feb 2020 3:02 pm
Analysts have said that the initial delay in raising the
alarm about the deadly coronavirus in Wuhan in Hubei province may have arisen from local officials' fear of bringing bad news to the attention of the central government, especially as Lunar New Year festivities approached.
Allen Huang, a Wuhan native living in Beijing, told Reuters the outbreak was "a grave, man-made disaster" caused by mismanagement and deception at the city and provincial government level.
After the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2002-2003, China promised to improve the way it shared information about epidemics, and put in place a new system
allowing hospitals to report new cases in real time.
"This Wuhan epidemic shows that the situation has not really improved," said Willy Lam, an expert in Chinese politics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.