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Confusion and lost time: how testing woes slowed China's coronavirus response

Updated : January 28, 2020 02:29 PM IST

Officially known as 2019-nCoV, the new form of coronavirus was first identified as the cause of death of a 61-year-old man in Wuhan on January 10, when China shared gene information on the virus with other countries.
Despite the lack of reliable data and testing capacity in Wuhan, Chinese authorities assured citizens in the days after the virus had been identified that it was not widely transmissible.
China last week locked down the affected region in Hubei province in the biggest quarantine operation on record and is building two new hospitals to treat virus patients.
Confusion and lost time: how testing woes slowed China's coronavirus response

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