By John Wong, Yong-Nian Zheng
Within the first half 2003, serious acute breathing syndrome (SARS) struck China (including Hong Kong), inflicting panic and claiming many lives. The unknown nature of SARS at the moment additionally jolted the commercial progress of China and Hong Kong, disrupted the social lifetime of their voters and created a lot rigidity and pressure for his or her political platforms and governance. Like different significant crises, the administration of the SARS problem offers an exceptional chance to envision the strengths and weaknesses of the political structures in China and Hong Kong. From the outset, students on the East Asian Institute (EAI) heavily the unfolding of the ailment in China, fairly how all of the societies coped with this random exterior surprise. SARS could or would possibly not recur within the close to destiny, however the episode has provided a glimpse into the level of resilience of the 2 societies, the standard in their political management, the effectiveness in their political and institutional mobilization, the crisis-management potential in their respective bureaucracies, and the viability in their governance platforms. This quantity is the results of an EAI workshop on “SARS in China: Crises and Responses”.This e-book has been chosen for insurance in: • Index to medical & Technical complaints® (ISTP® / ISI Proceedings)• Index to clinical & Technical court cases (ISTP CDROM model / ISI Proceedings)• Index to Social Sciences & Humanities complaints® (ISSHP® / ISI Proceedings)• Index to Social Sciences & Humanities complaints (ISSHP CDROM model / ISI Proceedings)• CC lawsuits — Biomedical, organic & Agricultural Sciences
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WHO’s most recent analysis estimates overall case fatality in the range of 14% to 15%. ” See report entitled “Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS): Status of the outbreak and lessons for the immediate future” dated 20 May 2003, prepared by World Health Organization Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response. , Taiwan government. To some extent, this reflects the nature of governance in different countries. But before we explore how China’s governance affected its response to SARS, we have to first understand the political context in which the outbreak took place.
Evidence is mounting that certain source cases make a special contribution to rapid spread of infection. The maximum incubation period, currently estimated at ten days, allows spread via air travel between any two cities in the world. WHO’s most recent analysis estimates overall case fatality in the range of 14% to 15%. ” See report entitled “Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS): Status of the outbreak and lessons for the immediate future” dated 20 May 2003, prepared by World Health Organization Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response.
By that time, SARS was no longer regarded as merely a medical problem to be resolved by the local governments as they deemed appropriate but had become a political issue that called for a concerted national response. It took a while for this change of perception to occur. Why did the central government not get into the act earlier to contain the outbreak? There are several reasons for this delayed response each of which will be examined below. The first reason has to do with the economic and political dynamics of Guangdong.