China expands chaotic dragnet in coronavirus crackdown

China expands chaotic dragnet in coronavirus crackdown

The Straits Times - Asia·2020-02-14 12:25

BEIJING (NYTIMES) - China's leaders expanded a mass round-up of people possibly sickened by the coronavirus on Thursday (Feb 13), widening their dragnet well beyond the epicentre of the outbreak to at least two more cities in what the government has called a "wartime" campaign to stamp out the epidemic.

But the campaign, first announced last week in the city of Wuhan, already has been marred by chaotic conditions that have isolated vulnerable patients without adequate care and, in some cases, left them alone to die.

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