Monday, April 21, 2003

Sars measures too late
'China's drastic measures designed to curb Sars have likely come too late to prevent the epidemic from threatening virtually all the country's 1.3 billion people, according to analysts. A decision to cancel the week-long May Day holidays to keep people from travelling will also have little effect since the virus has probably already spread to all corners of the continent-sized country, they said. "It's too late, they can't put the genie back in the bottle," said Andrew Thompson, an expert on Chinese health issues at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. "It's got to be everywhere by now, and if it isn't, it will soon be there," he said.'

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