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Wuhan virus: When being upfront isn't enough in China

Many cynical despite govt efforts to release timely updates due to handling of past cases

When cases of the Sars-like coronavirus in Wuhan nearly doubled between New Year's Eve and Jan 3, the Chinese Internet was abuzz with many starting to ask questions.

Most revolved around a single theme: Was the government hiding anything?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 21, 2020, with the headline 'Wuhan virus: When being upfront isn't enough in China'. Subscribe