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Leaked documents reveal the mismanagement of covid in China in its beginnings

Leaked documents reveal the mismanagement of covid in China in its beginnings”

The report is likely to increase the anger of China, which has confirmed that it has been open and transparent about the outbreak from Wuhan after December 1, 2019, when the first case was discovered.

Beckley added that China's underreporting efforts "impedes global efforts" to trace and isolate infected people, "guaranteeing continual flare-ups" of the coronavirus.

A May 1 report by the US Department of Homeland Security, obtained by the Associated Press, reportedly said that Chinese leaders "intentionally concealed the severity" of the coronavirus outbreak in January while it hoarded medical equipment.

According to CNN, while the documents do not provide evidence of a deliberate attempt to hide the findings, they do reveal numerous inconsistencies about what authorities believed was happening and what was publicly revealed.

Critics of the USA claim that China caused the pandemic by mishandling and deliberately underreporting cases in the early days say the documents show there was no deliberate attempt to obfuscate data-but rather, that China faced the same struggles many other countries did when first presented with the threat of the unknown virus.

A tranche of leaked documents has revealed that China's government significantly underreported the number of coronavirus cases in the early stages of the pandemic.

The whistleblower described themselves as "a patriot" who was 'motivated to expose a truth that had been censored, and honor colleagues who had also spoken out'.

During the early days of the coronavirus outbreak in late 2019, Hubei was boiling in a widespread influenza epidemic that had cases skyrocketing to almost twenty times more than reported during the previous year, which likely created friction with China's handling of the novel coronavirus with having to manage two infectious outbreaks.

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Dr. Amesh Adalja, at Johns Hopkins University which has been at the forefront of tracking the virus, said: 'They were only testing for what they knew'.

© Provided by Daily Mail On February 10, China reported a total of 2,478 cases in its daily report, which was published around the world.

Whistleblowers in Hubei have also claimed they were prevented from speaking publicly about the coronavirus as it spread in December.

While there is no suggestion that the outbreaks are linked, the flu epidemic likely left health officials stretched and unprepared for the emergence of a new illness.

The report highlights bureaucratic inefficiencies that compounded China's ability to handle the outbreak in its early days.

But because of the way China's reporting system worked, only those cases which had been confirmed by the test were publicly reported. There is a possibility that it may have been a surge of undiagnosed COVID-19 cases.

China did start adding "clinically diagnosed" cases to its totals in mid-February, but by then the virus had already spread far beyond its own borders. It's not just about any intentional cover-up, you are also constrained with by technology and other issues with a novel virus. It took, on average, 23.3 days from the time a patient began experiencing symptoms until the patient's confirmed condition was reported, according to the CNN report.



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