People wearing protective masks stand on a viewing terrace at Victoria Peak in Hong Kong on February 3. Hong Kong needs strong community bonds, including those between the government and people, to survive the coronavirus and other crises. Photo: Bloomberg
Mark Clifford
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Mark Clifford

The coronavirus was no black swan. Hong Kong and China just weren’t ready for a crisis

  • Lessons that should have been learned after the harrowing Sars experience were not: diseases like Covid-19 will happen from time to time in a hyper-connected world, and the trust and transparency that will fortify a society’s response to such a crisis is lacking
People wearing protective masks stand on a viewing terrace at Victoria Peak in Hong Kong on February 3. Hong Kong needs strong community bonds, including those between the government and people, to survive the coronavirus and other crises. Photo: Bloomberg
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