As China, the world’s most populous nation embarks on its biggest travel week of the year, the first Coronavirus case has reached the United States and the World Health Organization’s scrambling. Chinese authorities are on it, screening travelers and issuing updates but critics on social media wonder if Beijing was fast enough off the mark? We ask our panel if China’s got this as the outbreak that iss thought to have originated in a fish and livestock market in the central city of Wuhan brings back memories.
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