East Asia Watch

Time to treat China's ailing healthcare system

Underlying imbalance in primary care system and failure of surveillance programme contributed to the coronavirus epidemic

It was early January, and it was already known to the Wuhan city authorities that there was human-to-human transmission of the Covid-19 disease as some healthcare workers were infected.

But this information was suppressed at the time, as was the severity of the coronavirus outbreak.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 03, 2020, with the headline 'Time to treat China's ailing healthcare system'. Subscribe