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Why we may have lost battle against coronavirus

  • Andrio Adiwibowo

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 28 2020   /  01:40 am

After beating the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) epidemics in the past, we may think we will win the battle against the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). But this optimism is turning into pessimism. First, several developed countries known to have the best infection control in the world have confirmed cases. It started with Japan and South Korea and peaked when the United States announced its first confirmed case on Jan. 21. Instead of declining, the number of people infected is on the rise. As of Sunday, developed countries like Canada, France and Australia had reported infections. At this stage, the game seems to be over. The situation at ground zero is even worse. As reported by the John Hopkins University, there were 1,052 confirmed cases and 56 deaths cases in Wuhan, China, alone as of Sunday, while across China the figure h...