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World must be ready for long coronavirus fight

Contingency plans need to assume disruption could last months

A medical official takes the temperature of a man in the departure hall of an airport in Changsha, China, on Jan. 27 as the country rushes to halt the spread of a new coronavirus.   © Reuters

As the number of coronavirus cases in China soars and the infection spreads to more countries, the world must steel itself for a potentially long battle with an unseen enemy.

China has put Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, under a virtual lockdown -- yet infections continue to crop up widely, suggesting that the move came too late.

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