One thing I've learned about observing China over the years (particularly with respect to economic data or data that could embarrass the government), is that you can't trust the numbers out of China (it's much worse than any other government...)
That said, if we take the numbers at face value here from Johns Hopkins:
There are currently
67,079 confirmed cases
Some people are saying this virus has a ~2% mortality rate (1,525 / 67,079). Well, by the same logic, there's also only a 12% recovery rate (8,156/67,079). I don't believe that's the right way to look at it. We won't know the mortality rate until the open cases are closed. A perhaps better way is to say of the closed cases (9,681 = 1,525 + 8,156), the mortality rate is 16% and recovery is 84%. I suspect that's closer to reality than 2% mortality. The much higher mortality rate, combined with a likelihood of many more undiagnosed or undisclosed cases would explain the Chinese government's I'd say draconian response to the outbreak.
We the people aren't being told the entire story, and it seems that the Chinese authorities aren't telling (and are trying to censor) the truth to other governments and also organizations like the WHO. This situation has me concerned. I fear this could get nasty, but I sincerely hope I'm wrong...