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One year ago today

From the Guardian’s live coronavirus page:

Today is exactly one year since China informed the World Health Organization that cases of “pneumonia with an unknown cause” had been reported in Wuhan, the WHO director general has told a press briefing. 

Giving a brief history of the pandemic so far, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed “the extraordinary cooperation between the private and public sector in this pandemic” which led to the fast circulation of diagnostic tests and, later, the development of several vaccine candidates in record time. 

He went on:

There will be setbacks and new challenges in the year ahead. For example, new variants of Covid-19 and helping people who are tired of the pandemic continue to combat it.

Chinese citizen journalist heading to court

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The New York Times reports a Chinese woman is heading to court. She’s accused of reporting lies.

At the time, Zhang Zhan, a 37-year-old former lawyer turned citizen journalist, embodied the Chinese people’s hunger for unfiltered information about the epidemic. Now, she has become a symbol of the government’s efforts to deny its early failings in the crisis and promote a victorious narrative instead.

Zhang abruptly stopped posting in May, after several months of dispatches. Police later revealed that she had been arrested, accused of spreading lies.