Australian Broadcasting Company  |  February 23, 2020

Matthew Kavanagh, a researcher in global health, politics and law at Washington DC’s Georgetown University, said in medical journal The Lancet that the lockdown reflected a “level of control only available to authoritarian governments.”

“Governments can be the victims of their own propaganda, because the country’s political institutions provide incentives to local officials to avoid sharing bad news with their central bosses and await instructions before acting,” Mr. Kavanagh said.

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