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Lucas Niewenhuis

Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

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Wuhan has more asymptomatic cases, not counted in official figures

According to new Caixin reporting (in Chinese; in English), there are new asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 in Wuhan, often numbering…

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