Yours truly, back on 28 February, regarding China banning a pandemic simulation game:
Real shocker that a country without a free press is having trouble
containing the outbreak. Coronavirus is not a PR problem, it’s a
medical problem, and accurate up-to-date information reported to
the public is essential in containing it. Any country that treats
it as a PR problem is in trouble.
So it turns out that China was able to contain the outbreak. But I was right that a country treating it as a PR problem is in trouble.