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Coverup-19? Wuhan, where the truth about the virus is as elusive as a cure

Amid fears that deaths may be far more than reported, Beijing is crying victory. Ordinary folk are not so sure

Sophia Yan

The sun is shining as customers queue at a goose restaurant and landscapers tend to the flower beds of a nearby park. Spring has arrived in Wuhan, where the coronavirus emerged late in 2019, and people trickling outdoors for the first time after months of lockdown are eager to return to normal life.

But it’s a gradual process for the city of 11 million, reawakening to a world that is both familiar and strange.

Neighbours delighted to run into each other again, for instance, must now chat over the whirr of trucks spraying disinfectant along the streets. Despite overwhelming relief that the worst of the pandemic seems behind them, unease hangs over the city as residents struggle to reach a verdict over the government’s handling of the outbreak...

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