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China cracked down on the sale of exotic species after an outbreak of a new virus in 2002 was linked to markets selling live animals. The germ turned out to be a coronavirus that caused SARS. The ban was then lifted and the animals reappeared. Now, another coronavirus is spreading across China, killing 1,380 people …

Letters to the Editor News day Wednesday 12 February 2020 THE EDITOR: The viral epidemic, the 2019-CoV coronavirus, is freaking out governments around the world. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently declared that “a wind of madness is sweeping the globe”. He was not, however, referring to the coronavirus. He was talking about the increase …