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Published: March 30, 2020  Updated: April 1, 2020 at 12:58 pm EST
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“Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in Wuhan, China.” The aforementioned is a tweet that was published by the World Health Organization on January 14th, 2020, just three months before America would reach eighty thousand cases of the novel Coronavirus.

Entire countries are on lockdown, economies have stalled, thousands have died, and there are most likely many more to follow. Where did the Coronavirus start, and how exactly did it become so widespread across the world?

It’s December 6th, 2019, the very first few cases of the novel Coronavirus have been identified in Wuhan,\ China. Initially, doctors in the region were unaware of what the pneumonia like illness was and only after several of these pneumonia like cases walked into the Emergency room would alarm raise, but only slightly.

Now, it’s December 25th, 2019 and in two different hospitals in Wuhan, China two separate Chinese medical staffers have contracted this mysterious viral pneumonia. Fast forward to December 31st, 2019 and the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission declares, “The investigation so far has not found any obvious human-to-human transmission and no medical staff infection.”

However, on December 30th, 2019 a Doctor by the name of Li Wenliang posted in WeChat to his fellow associates warning them about a possible outbreak of an illness that resembled severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, where he worked. The message would later be made public, with his name attached.

On January 1, 2020: The Wuhan Public Security Bureau issued summons to Dr. Li Wenliang, accusing him of “spreading rumors.” Two days later, at a police station, Dr. Li signed a statement acknowledging his “misdemeanor” and promising not to commit further “unlawful acts.” Seven other people are arrested on similar charges and their fate is unknown.


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Also that day, “after several batches of genome sequence results had been returned to hospitals and submitted to health authorities, an employee of one genomics company received a phone call from an official at the Hubei Provincial Health Commission, ordering the company to stop testing samples from Wuhan related to the new disease and destroy all existing samples.”

According to a New York Times study of cellphone data from China, 175,000 people leave Wuhan that day. According to global travel data research firm OAG, 21 countries have direct flights to Wuhan. In the first quarter of 2019 for comparison, 13,267 air passengers traveled from Wuhan, China, to destinations in the United States, or about 4,422 per month. The U.S. government would not bar foreign nationals who had traveled to China from entering the country for another month.

January 2: One study of patients in Wuhan can only connect 27 of 41 infected patients to exposure to the Huanan seafood market — indicating human-to-human transmission away from the market. A report written later that month concludes, “evidence so far indicates human transmission for 2019-nCoV. We are concerned that 2019-nCoV could have acquired the ability for efficient human transmission.”

For the next several days, China would continue to suppress all available information regarding the Coronavirus, and would continue to order the destruction of samples sent to labs for testing. Fast forward several days, while the virus is continuing to spread rapidly around China, the official statement from the World Health Organization declares; “Preliminary identification of a novel virus in a short period of time is a notable achievement and demonstrates China’s increased capacity to manage new outbreaks . . . WHO does not recommend any specific measures for travelers. WHO advises against the application of any travel or trade restrictions on China based on the information currently available.”

Then, on January 11th, 2020, the Wuhan City Health Commission issues an update declaring; “All 739 close contacts, including 419 medical staff, have undergone medical observation and no related cases have been found . . . No new cases have been detected since January 3, 2020. At present, no medical staff infections have been found, and no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission has been found.” They issue a Q&A sheet later that day reemphasizing that “most of the unexplained viral pneumonia cases in Wuhan this time have a history of exposure to the South China seafood market. No clear evidence of human-to-human transmission has been found.”

Two days later, on January 13th, 2020; Thailand reports that they have detected the virus in a 61 year-old Chinese woman who was visiting from Wuhan. Shortly after that, on January 15th, 2020, Japan reports it’s first case of the novel Coronavirus; however, the patient had not had direct contact with the seafood market, in fact, authorities stated that; “it is possible that the patient had close contact with an unknown patient with lung inflammation while in China.”

In addition to the immense suppression of reporting and data from the Chinese Government, the World Health Organization declared that China had successfully dealt with the new outbreak and that there was no new evidence of human-to-human transmission of the virus. Only later would the world find out just how wrong that was.

Fast forward to January 22nd, 2020, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus continued to praise China’s handling of the outbreak. “I was very impressed by the detail and depth of China’s presentation. I also appreciate the cooperation of China’s Minister of Health, who I have spoken with directly during the last few days and weeks. His leadership and the intervention of President Xi and Premier Li have been invaluable, and all the measures they have taken to respond to the outbreak.”

In the preceding days, a WHO delegation conducted a field visit to Wuhan. They concluded that “deployment of the new test kit nationally suggests that human-to-human transmission is taking place in Wuhan.” The delegation reports “their counterparts agreed close attention should be paid to hand and respiratory hygiene, food safety and avoiding mass gatherings where possible.”

At a meeting of the WHO Emergency Committee, panel members express “divergent views on whether this event constitutes a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern’ or not. At that time, the advice was that the event did not constitute a PHEIC.”

In addition, on the 22nd of January, the first case in the United States has been reported. Fast forward to March 27th, 2020, and the United States now has an estimated eighty thousand cases of the novel Coronavirus.

In the beginning China knew, Xi Jinping knew, and the World Health Organization knew about the dangers of this virus, only now the world is suffering from a pandemic and the global economy is facing its darkest days since the Great Depression.

How exactly will China and the World Health Organization be held responsible for such a crisis? To make matters worse, the initial contact or transmission of the virus remains to be revealed. Further, the Coronavirus is only rumored to have come from a Chinese wet market, however, no one knows exactly when the initial case first took place.

Data compiled from the National Review, The Lancet, CNN, Adnkronos, The World Bank, Forbes

Update;

According to US Intelligence Officials, China deliberately lied to the world about the number of cases and deaths regarding the Coronavirus.

The Chinese government has deliberately underreported the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the country, the U.S. intelligence community told the White House, a new report says.

Bloomberg, citing three U.S. officials, reported Wednesday that the intelligence community said in a classified report that China’s public tally of COVID-19 infections and deaths is purposefully incomplete.

The secret report concludes that China’s numbers are fake, two of the officials said, Bloomberg reported. The White House received the report last week, according to the news outlet.

Bloomberg.

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