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[Correspondence] 2019-nCoV, fake news, and racism

19:02 EST 11 Feb 2020 | The Lancet

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak has had a significant impact on global health. As a neighbour country to China, Japan has been heavily affected by the spread of 2019-nCoV. As of Feb 10, 2020, 161 people (including 135 passengers and crew members on a cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama, Japan) have been confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV infection in Japan—the second largest number followed by mainland China.1,2 The emergence of misinformation and racism against patients and Chinese visitors are also reaching critical levels.

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