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Coronavirus: Nobody likes epidemics, but don't demonise countries

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All epidemics are terrifying, as they defy man’s capabilities of how to cope with them, even if temporarily. They frighten both common folk as well as health administrators.

It is no different with the new virus which is called by different names - coronavirus or 2019 n-cov, though the WHO [World Health Organization] officially gave it a new name on February 11 - COVID-19.

As of February 22 (7 am), COVID-19 accounted for 77,271 confirmed cases and 2,250 deaths across 32 countries and territories. Of these there were 12,071 serious cases and 18,910 recovered cases . According to this country’s National Health Commission, most of the deaths - 2,345 - took place in China which also registered 76,288 confirmed cases of infection .

At such times, it is easy to lose a sense of perspective, and the temptation to point fingers is not uncommon. But what was most unfortunate was the way even seasoned legislators took turns at trying to disparage China. It is commendable, therefore, that CNN chose to publicly castigate the irresponsible remarks made by Tom Cotton, the Arkansas Republican .

Such wild remarks about China could find echoes in social media, too. One absurdly claimed that China had asked the courts........

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