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Weeks before lockdown, Wuhan authorities used 'refrigerating strategy’ to downplay coronavirus

#Breaking: New evidence suggests Wuhan authorities deliberately downplayed the coronavirus and banned doctors from speaking publicly about it, @nvanderklippe reports

25.1.2020

Breaking : New evidence suggests Wuhan authorities deliberately downplayed the coronavirus and banned doctors from speaking publicly about it, nvanderklippe reports

New evidence is emerging that officials in Wuhan deliberately downplayed the virus, even after notifying the WHO in late December about ‘a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause.’

Medical staff transfer a patient of a highly suspected case of a new coronavirus at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hong Kong, China January 22, 2020. STRINGER/Reuters As Chinese authorities widened a massive urban lockdown and flew large numbers of medical personnel to Wuhan, the epicentre of a new SARS-like virus, medical authorities provided new indications that weeks of inaction had allowed the virus to spread widely before serious measures were taken. Chinese authorities initially reported that the new 2019-nCoV coronavirus had most seriously affected the elderly and those left vulnerable by pre-existing health conditions. But an academic study published by Chinese researchers in The Lancet on Friday found that of the first 41 confirmed cases of the virus, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms, “less than half had underlying diseases.” Nearly half were 49 years of age or younger. And a third had not been exposed to the wild animal market identified as the source of virus, suggesting that even from the earliest days, it had begun to leap between people. Story continues below advertisement Canadian health officials remain on high alert for coronavirus; still no confirmed cases Fifteen per cent of those first 41 people died. “We are concerned that 2019-nCoV could have acquired the ability for efficient human transmission,” warned the paper’s authors, who included dozens of doctors from hospitals in Wuhan and major state institutes for infectious disease research. The first of the patients was admitted to hospital on Dec. 16, more than a month before Chinese authorities began to lock down Wuhan and neighbouring cities in Hubei province. By Saturday evening, nearly all of Hubei, with a population of 58 million, was under some form of lockdown, with authorities halting most forms of transportation and barring entry and exit to at least 15 cities. China has counted 1,369 confirmed cases and 41 deaths. New cases have also been confirmed in Malaysia, Australia, Nepal, France, Singapore and the U.S. The growing reach of the virus comes after weeks of inaction in Wuhan, where it is believed to have originated at a market selling wild animals. Though China has been credited for an unusual degree of transparency in the past week, virologists have faulted the country for acting too slowly in the early days of its spread, allowing infected people to travel widely inside and outside Wuhan. Now, new evidence is emerging that officials in Wuhan deliberately downplayed the virus, even after formally notifying the World Health Organization on Dec. 31 about what the WHO described as “a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause.” But the Wuhan government took a “refrigerating strategy” in the early days of the viral spread, a doctor at Wuhan Union Hospital told China News Weekly . Medical staff were banned from speaking publicly about what was taking place or accepting media interviews, the doctor said. Story continues below advertisement Police in Wuhan also said in early January that they had arrested eight people for spreading “rumours” about what was then a little-understood pneumonia affecting a growing number of people. Another person claiming to be a Wuhan physician wrote to the National Health Commission this week claiming that doctors in the city were told not to report “viral pneumonia” in their imaging reports between Jan. 12 and Jan. 16 — a period during which local officials delivered sunny reports on a local situation under control. That meant that, during a crucial period in which cases were accumulating, local health-care workers were unable to properly raise the alarm, the person wrote. The Globe and Mail was unable to independently verify the report, which was widely circulated in China and not refuted by state media. A doctor at Wuhan’s Hubei Xinhua hospital has now died from the virus, state media reported Saturday morning. The death of Liang Wudong, 62, comes amid widespread reports of a large number of unreported cases of medical staff infected by the virus, and accusations that an improper dissemination of information kept those treating the ill from taking proper precautions themselves. A second paper published in The Lancet on Friday provided evidence that the virus can be transmitted from a person who is not showing symptoms of being ill. The early weeks of limited action in Wuhan stand in contrast to the response China has launched in the past three days, an unprecedented and heavy-handed campaign to isolate most of a Hubei population the size of Italy. China announced plans to build two rapid-construction medical facilities to respond to the virus in Wuhan, one with 1,000 beds and a second with 1,300. Military transport jets and civilian aircraft were used to fly 1,230 medical reinforcements, including military medics, to assist overwhelmed hospitals — and take over from health-care workers who have themselves become sick. Story continues below advertisement Only Tibet remains officially unaffected by the virus. Major cities and provinces across much of the rest of China have raised their states of medical alert to their highest levels. In Beijing, authorities suspended long-distance bus service and official churches and mosques suspended services. The capital city also began temperature screening at subway stations and for all arriving passengers at the city’s two international airports. Shanghai ordered public transit staff to wear masks, barred schools from holding large events and said officials would not approve marriage registrations on Feb. 2, a popular date because it creates a palindrome when written in numeric form. Hong Kong suspended all trains and flights from Wuhan, where authorities said they would ban the use of all vehicles outside except free buses and official traffic beginning Sunday. Hong Kong has also cancelled Lunar New Year celebrations and will keep schools closed until mid-February. In China’s Hainan province, a popular winter tourist destination, all tourists arriving from Hubei province, where Wuhan is the capital, will be subject to medical observation for 14 days. Didi, the Uber-like ride-sharing service in China, required all drivers to wear masks. Story continues below advertisement But even top officials with the Communist Party acknowledged that their efforts have yet to halt the progression of the virus. The virus “has not been blocked, and it is spreading,” Sun Chunlan, a Politburo member who is deputy prime minister of the State Council, the country’s Cabinet, said in remarks reported by state media. She called for an even greater “sense of responsibility and urgency.” Our Morning Update and Evening Update newsletters are written by Globe editors, giving you a concise summary of the day’s most important headlines. Read more: The Globe and Mail

nvanderklippe In all these video clips there are very few children. Through schools surely there'd be a lot of cases. coronarvirus nvanderklippe Great nvanderklippe Totally no surprise. This is a commuist country without any freedom of press. nvanderklippe And canada under trudeau has sold canada to the chinese ... he let them take the coronarvirus cdnpoli

nvanderklippe Ya think, same old games from China! nvanderklippe fatima99378261 nvanderklippe The Chinese government is hiding something. I am shocked. banhuawei nvanderklippe Hands up anyone who is even the slightest bit surprised at this. nvanderklippe I’m sure many more people have it and have died from it then they are saying.

nvanderklippe Does lockdown of Wuhan and nearby cities downplay coronarovirus? Leading expert Zhong Nanshan spoke a few days ago and so did a case MO in Guangtung. Ignorance kills. Don't step on China because it's China. At time of epidemic, we need to show humility. nvanderklippe Everything is AOK.

Wuhan coronavirus is not yet a global health emergency, WHO saysThe decision came after Chinese authorities moved to lock down three cities on Thursday and cancelled major events in Beijing during the Lunar New Year holiday period to try to contain the new virus bunch of savages I feel safer now. What a bunch of tools. Give it a couple weeks.

InfinitusCap nvanderklippe nvanderklippe Why are the Chinese blocking roads to stop spread in China but yet allowing flights out of Wuhan? MarketSavant nvanderklippe If the incubation period is two weeks they created a pandemic. nvanderklippe I’m shocked. Shocked I tell you! nvanderklippe tazcj jfc.....what's a little pandemic among nations....CoronaOutbreak

nvanderklippe bastards ... nvanderklippe China is a cesspool. Quarantine China. Problem solved Its ALWAYS China! judyatrinh nvanderklippe ! nvanderklippe Boy, didn't see that coming🤭 anthonyfurey nvanderklippe Typical.

Video appears to show bodies covered by sheets in crowded Wuhan hospital hallwayStartling footage has emerged from a hospital at the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak in central China, apparently showing bodies covered by sheets. If this is the case, then it suggests that this coronavirus, unlike the SARS coronavirus, is much more lethal and quick acting. Team Stupid in Ottawa needs to wake up! Let them keep it over there and close the gates into Canada. Can we really trust China to tell us what’s really going on?

nvanderklippe Typical China. It happened before in the SARS epidemic, so why not this time? nvanderklippe How very Trudeau Liberalesque of them. nvanderklippe So, like federal scientists under Harper, then? nvanderklippe Rumor has it that at least 100k people are infected and that a million people may have left Wuhan before the lock down, let’s hope this is made-up🙏

nvanderklippe And then some insist in giving Canada's 5G to Huawei ... Not F* happening. nvanderklippe Shocking. I mean I’m super shocked. 🤪 nvanderklippe Hunter Biden make one billion and half in 60 days in China RossMcleanSec nvanderklippe What else do we expect from a communist dictatorship? nvanderklippe En serio? Que raro no me lo esperaba😒

nvanderklippe chinese culture, no redeeming qualities? They lie a lot

Here’s what Wuhan, China looks like under quarantine for coronavirusWuhan and a number of surrounding municipalities are under lockdown, with travel networks and services shut down or restricted.

nvanderklippe euromaestro nvanderklippe Well, at least we know where the next Black Death will come from. nvanderklippe Typical of that government. nvanderklippe That’s how China works so don’t be surprised. nvanderklippe This should be a given when dealing with the CCP nvanderklippe Fear of causing panic across the country

nvanderklippe WHO CBCNews why is this a surprise ? They always hide things in regards to medical outbreaks . Remember SARS. Shut the entire region down , affect their economy and maybe next time they will report sooner . l_stone nvanderklippe Not surprising. All dictatorial states lie, lie and lie in order to quench their unreasonable fear of looking or feeling like a failure. Fragile egos.

newsaspect nvanderklippe They are communist and that s communism CORONAVIRUSFRANCE WuhanCoronavirus nvanderklippe It's a communist country are you surprised? You dont get a say in the government

People could be infected with Wuhan coronavirus and not know, initial study findsThe study suggests person-to-person transmission is becoming more common and that symptoms may not always show up ChildrenON LegalAidAlberta you want to make sure you keep healthy so you are fit to stand trial. CPA_APC SCC_eng GovCanHealth IntlCrimCourt HarvardHealth CWLC_LBEC childrenrights PTPresearch Am I the only one who sees Wuhan Acute Respiratory Syndrome quite literally spells WARS? Coincidence?

anthonyfurey nvanderklippe ... The danger is that Liberal policy is dictated by enriching and protecting the economic investments of wealthy Liberal elites. ... The Liberal party cares nothing about the welfare of Canadian citizens. nvanderklippe Is this shocking to anyone? nvanderklippe nvanderklippe Chernobyl season 2

nvanderklippe If you insist on eating everything that moves, expect to catch what they carry. Anyone see that movie with Matt Damon? The ills of the world seem to be originating from China...SARS, MERS, CORONAVIRUS, etc.

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