A photo taken on January 11, 2020, shows members of the Wuhan Hygiene Emergency Response Team searching the closed Huanan Seafood Market following the outbreak of the coronavirus. Photo: AFP A photo taken on January 11, 2020, shows members of the Wuhan Hygiene Emergency Response Team searching the closed Huanan Seafood Market following the outbreak of the coronavirus. Photo: AFP
A photo taken on January 11, 2020, shows members of the Wuhan Hygiene Emergency Response Team searching the closed Huanan Seafood Market following the outbreak of the coronavirus. Photo: AFP

Coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus: US diplomats cautiously praised China’s transparency in early days

  • Diplomatic cables sent soon after the first Covid-19 cases emerged in Wuhan credited Chinese officials for releasing ‘timely and open general information’
  • But the cables, obtained by This Week in Asia under the Freedom of Information Act, also reveal US frustration at gaps in information

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A photo taken on January 11, 2020, shows members of the Wuhan Hygiene Emergency Response Team searching the closed Huanan Seafood Market following the outbreak of the coronavirus. Photo: AFP A photo taken on January 11, 2020, shows members of the Wuhan Hygiene Emergency Response Team searching the closed Huanan Seafood Market following the outbreak of the coronavirus. Photo: AFP
A photo taken on January 11, 2020, shows members of the Wuhan Hygiene Emergency Response Team searching the closed Huanan Seafood Market following the outbreak of the coronavirus. Photo: AFP

Corrected [3:43pm, 6 Jan, 2021]

  • [3:43pm, 6 Jan, 2021]

    An earlier version of this story suggested WHO experts had not been to Wuhan. WHO officials did visit the city last year, but its team investigating the origins of the coronavirus has not been allowed entry to China.

  • [3:45pm, 6 Jan, 2021]

    An earlier version of this story said Beijing reported cases of pneumonia with an unknown cause to the WHO on December 31. The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission reported the cases in a statement on its website.

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