Donald Trump faces his Chernobyl by denying threat of coronavirus

White House cuts endanger global health and economy

Political gamble: President Donald Trump holds a news conference on the coronavirus outbreak at the White House in Washington yesterday. PHOTO: Reuters

Ambrose Evans Pritchard

Three weeks ago there was much talk of a Chernobyl moment for China's Communist Party, discredited by totalitarian attempts to suppress news of the spreading coronavirus in Wuhan.