Inside Story

Is the response to the coronavirus enough?

As the virus spreads around the world, countries are banning travel and closing their borders to contain the outbreak.

The new coronavirus has so far killed more than 300 people with more than 14,500 infected globally, mostly in China.

It has been just over a month since the disease was first reported in China’s central city of Wuhan.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has since declared a global health emergency and countries around the world are racing to stop the spread of the virus, but the ability of poorer countries with weak infrastructure to handle the outbreak is causing concern.

How difficult is it to control the virus?

Presenter: Darren Jordon


Nicholas Thomas – Associate professor at the City University of Hong Kong

Sanjaya Senanayake – Professor of infectious diseases at the Australian National University

Mark Parrish – Regional medical director for Northern Europe at International SOS