A new report is shedding light on the extent to which China’s authoritarian government knew about the dangers of the novel coronavirus, only to bury it.
Laboratories in Wuhan identified COVID-19 as a particularly dangerous pathogen in late December but they were ordered by the government to stop their research, destroy evidence, and suppress the news.
A Wuhan lab that identified COVID-19 as a highly contagious pathogen in late December was ordered by local officials to stop tests and destroy samples. Beijing is now scrambling to censor the story https://t.co/3a28zGcPXn
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) March 18, 2020
China’s communist party is now racing to suppress the story. (The Times)
A regional health official in Wuhan, centre of the outbreak, demanded the destruction of the lab samples that established the cause of unexplained viral pneumonia on January 1. China did not acknowledge there was human-to-human transmission until more than three weeks later.
The detailed revelations by Caixin Global, a respected independent publication, provide the clearest evidence yet of the scale of the cover-up in the crucial early weeks when the opportunity was lost to control the outbreak.
Censors have already begun purging the report from the Chinese internet and Beijing is banishing U.S. journalists from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post.
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