China's Coronavirus Updates Draw Skepticism

Headline Roundup March 23rd, 2020

As China has begun sending medical supplies to other countries, the nation and its ruling party have drawn criticism from media voices throughout the spectrum for purported mismanagement of and lies regarding the crisis. Some argued that China's 'humanitarian' effort was meant to overshadow its role in the global outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Others believed that this effort was meant to show superiority over other countries, like the United States, during times of crisis. Chinese state media has spread misinformation about the coronavirus, including the claim that the virus originated in the United States, despite all reports suggesting it originated in China's Wuhan province.

From the Right
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ANALYSIS

The story of the coronavirus pandemic is still being written. But at this early date, we can see all kinds of moments where different decisions could have lessened the severity of the outbreak we are currently enduring. You have probably heard variations of, “Chinese authorities denied that the virus could be transferred from human to human until it was too late.” What you have probably not heard is how emphatically, loudly, and repeatedly the Chinese government insisted human transmission was impossible, long after doctors in Wuhan had concluded human transmission...

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From the Center
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As the fight against COVID-19 shifts to Europe and beyond, China is supplying millions of masks and other desperately needed items to struggling governments, hoping to build political ties and defuse criticism that it allowed the disease to spread early on.

Serbia's president plans to be at the airport this weekend to welcome a shipment of medical supplies from his "brother and friend," Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Xi's government has flown gloves and protective clothing to Liberia. It is sending 100,000 test kits to the Philippines. More than 10 flights...

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From the Left
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ANALYSIS

China has reported fewer and fewer confirmed coronavirus cases over the past three weeks, culminating in a statement that Wuhan had seen zero new local cases for four days in a row, from March 18 to 21. Elsewhere in China, 46 new cases were reported on March 22, all but one attributed to travelers arriving from abroad.

What can we learn from Chinese statistics, and can we trust those numbers?

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