Coronavirus: China concealed extent of outbreak, US intelligence says
WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it's suffered from the disease, the US intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three US officials.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
The officials asked not to be identified because the report is secret, and they declined to detail its contents. But the thrust, they said, is that China's public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete.Two of the officials said the report concludes that China's numbers are fake.
The report was received by the White House last week, one of the officials said.The outbreak began in China's Hubei province in late 2019, but the country has publicly reported only about 82,000 cases and 3,300 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
That compares to more than 189,000 cases and more than 4,000 deaths in the US, which has the largest publicly reported outbreak in the world.Communications staff at the White House and the Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
"The reality is that we could have been better off if China had been more forthcoming," Vice-President Mike Pence said Wednesday on CNN."What appears evident now is that long before the world learned in December that China was dealing with this, and maybe as much as a month earlier than that, that the outbreak was real in China."
While China eventually imposed a strict lockdown beyond those of less autocratic nations, there has been considerable scepticism towards China's reported numbers, both outside and within the country.The Chinese government has repeatedly revised its methodology for counting cases, for weeks excluding people without symptoms entirely, and only on Tuesday added more than 1,500 asymptomatic cases to its total.
Stacks of thousands of urns outside funeral homes in Hubei province have driven public doubt in Beijing's reporting.Republican lawmakers in the US have been particularly harsh about China's role in the outbreak.Enhancing Beijing's role in the pandemic could be politically helpful to President Donald Trump, who has sought to shift blame for the US outbreak away from his administration's delays in achieving widespread testing for the virus and mobilising greater production of supplies such as face masks and hospital ventilators.
"The claim that the United States has more coronavirus deaths than China is false," Senator Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, said in a statement after Bloomberg News published its report."Without commenting on any classified information, this much is painfully obvious: The Chinese Communist Party has lied, is lying, and will continue to lie about coronavirus to protect the regime."
Deborah Birx, the State Department immunologist advising the White House on its response to the outbreak, said on Tuesday (March 31) that China's public reporting influenced assumptions elsewhere in the world about the nature of the virus."The medical community made - interpreted the Chinese data as: This was serious, but smaller than anyone expected," she said at a news conference on Tuesday.
"Because I think probably we were missing a significant amount of the data, now that what we see happened to Italy and see what happened to Spain."China isn't the only country with suspect public reporting. Western officials have pointed to Iran, Russia, Indonesia and especially North Korea, which has not reported a single case of the disease, as probable under-counts. Others including Saudi Arabia and Egypt may also be playing down their numbers.
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has publicly urged China and other nations to be transparent about their outbreaks. He has repeatedly accused China of covering up the extent of the problem and being slow to share information, especially in the weeks after the virus first emerged, and blocking offers of help from American experts.
"This data set matters," he said at a news conference in Washington on Tuesday.The development of medical therapies and public-health measures to combat the virus"so that we can save lives depends on the ability to have confidence and information about what has actually transpired," he said.
"I would urge every nation: Do your best to collect the data. Do your best to share that information," he said."We're doing that." Read more: The Straits Times »
Truly pot and kettle Why concealed? Tell the truth to wake the people up from their babarious habit of eating blood (meat); hence, humane leaders and governments should lead them to heaven not hell... US spend more money on military than domestic needs, healthcare being the obvious. They need to find an explaination why the US rate of infections is faster than China in this short period of time.
focus more on your own country instead of suspecting others maliciously. US should just be happy to be world top in anything! Of course including this pandemic Pot and kettle You all do know that US intelligence works for Trump, right? mkjai0401 China hid their problem again & again. They just got away everytime.
Not suprising, but doesn’t mean we should remain silent. Coronavirus outbreak tells us that CCP censorship is not only a China thing, it’s affecting all of us with hefty price. Truth starting to appear eh,guess there's just too much incriminating evidence to hide the true numbers any longer. Another secret invention by the US intelligence services? Well done ! Before anyone swallow it wholesale, be reminded of Pompeo interview in Texas, the US intelligence and CIA will, quote ‘We cheat, We lie, We steal’ Be your own judge !
If true - as suspected !! Clean your own chaos first Saying so means solid evidences have been obtained and will be used at the Right time, the final blow Time to safe human species! Who cares if they lie I don't live there!
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