The mayor of Wuhan has admitted people were "not satisfied" with the rate that his government released information on the coronavirus, adding that it was "not disclosed in a timely fashion."
Mayor Zhou Xianwang, whose city is at the epicenter of the virus outbreak, told state-run CCTV Monday that "we didn’t effectively use that information" in its response.
He explained that under Chinese law on infectious diseases, the local government first needs to report the outbreak to the national health department, and then get approval from State Council before they can make an announcement.
"I hope everyone can understand that this is (an) infectious disease which has special channels to be disclosed in accordance with law," he said.
The mayor added that he took responsibility for the "unprecedented" decision to lock down the city.