The President of China Xi Jinping arrives in London on October 19, 2015. From the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (state visit to China) [CC BY 2.0 or OGL]via Wikimedia Commons
Guest essay by Eric Worrall
It looks like President Trump was right when China lies about Covid cases. China has grossly underestimated the scale of the Covid outbreak in mainland China, according to leaked documents revealed by CNN.
The Wuhan files
Leaked documents reveal China’s mistreatment of the early stages of Covid-19
Exclusive to Nick Paton Walsh, CNN
Updated 0839 GMT (1639 HKT) December 1, 2020
London – A frontline group of medics, likely exhausted, stand huddled in a video conference while China’s most powerful man raises a hand in greeting. It’s February 10 in Beijing, and President Xi Jinping, who has not been seen in public for weeks, is speaking to hospital staff in Wuhan City to contain the spread of an as yet officially unnamed novel coronavirus 1,200 kilometers from the epicenter Xi expressed condolences to those who died in the outbreak. He urged greater public communication as concerns emerged around the world about the potential threat posed by the new disease. On the same day, Chinese authorities reported 2,478 new confirmed cases – bringing the global total to more than 40,000, with fewer than 400 cases occurring outside of mainland China. However, CNN can now show how official documents circulated internally show that this was only part of the picture. The main findings from CNN
In a report labeled “Internal document, please keep confidential,” local health officials in Hubei Province, where the virus was first discovered, listed a total of 5,918 newly discovered cases on February 10, more than double the official public number confirmed cases cases that break the total into a variety of subcategories. That larger number was never fully disclosed at the time, as China’s accounting system appeared to downplay the severity of the outbreak in the turmoil of the first few weeks of the pandemic.
Read more: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/30/asia/wuhan-china-covid-intl/index.html
Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party is desperately trying to divert attention from its catastrophic mismanagement of the Covid outbreak. their persecution of whistleblowers, their ruthless disregard for other nations, and their authoritarian cover-ups.
Now they are trying to claim Australia is the source of the Wuhan Covid-19 outbreak.
China claims the coronavirus may have started in AUSTRALIA and traveled to Wuhan’s wet market via frozen steak exports – and is attacking the US alliance with insulting new cartoons
- Beijing officials and media are pushing the theory that the coronavirus did not start in China
- An article in the state-controlled Global Times said it was imported on frozen food
- Article said countries including Australia exported food to the Wuhan Wet Market
- Western scientists say the theory is “highly speculative” and unlikely to be true
By CHARLIE MOORE, POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
RELEASED: 11:31 AEDT, December 7, 2020 | UPDATED: 2:02 p.m. AEDT, December 7, 2020
Beijing has claimed the coronavirus may have surfaced outside of China and traveled to a wet market in Wuhan via frozen food exports from countries like Australia.
An article in Sunday’s government-controlled newspaper Global Times said the idea that the virus was imported into the Huanan wet market last year “cannot be ruled out” – although it has been admitted that there is no evidence to support it gives.
Beijing has been pushing the theory since October when experts tracking an outbreak in Qingdao city found live coronavirus samples on packets of imported frozen cod.
Western scientists say the theory is “highly speculative” and believe it is much more likely that the disease was first transmitted from animals to humans in the Wuhan area.
Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9024311/China-claims-coronavirus-started-AUSTRALIA.html
China’s increasingly absurd pursuit of blame and continued failure to address its internal Covid problems show they have learned nothing and done nothing to correct the flaws in their system of government that caused this disaster.
This is not the first time the Communist disease outbreak cover-ups have resulted in unnecessary deaths in China. In 2003, China confessed to covering up a major SARS outbreak. SARS is a close relative of Covid-19.
China admits SARS cover-up
April 21, 2003 – 10:00 a.m.
Beijing: The Chinese leadership has taken dramatic steps to end a cover-up on the SARS epidemic, revealing 14 new deaths and hundreds of cases, sacking two senior officials, and canceling the May 1 holiday when the global death toll hit 204 rise.
The move followed international criticism of China’s treatment for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
It also came when Hong Kong announced seven new deaths from the disease.
Singapore has taken the drastic step, with 14 registered SARS deaths, ordering 2,400 people to be quarantined at home for 10 days for possible exposure to a SARS patient in a market.
In a statement on Sunday, the Chinese Ministry of Health said there were 346 confirmed cases and 402 suspected cases in Beijing alone, and that 18 people had died of SARS in the capital.
The number of cases in Beijing is nine times higher than the previous official figure of 44 cases and four deaths. The nationwide death toll from SARS rose to 79, with 1,814 confirmed cases.
Shortly after the statement, state media reported that Health Minister Zhang Wenkang and Beijing Mayor Meng Xuenong had been removed from senior positions in the Communist Party, a formal move that will almost certainly result in them being fired from their government posts.
Read more: https://www.smh.com.au/national/china-confesses-to-sars-cover-up-20030421-gdgmyx.html
Why does this keep happening?
The basic problem, in my opinion, is that communists are not good at conveying bad news to the boss. From the Soviet Chernobyl disaster to SARS in 2003 and Covid-19, we have consistently found a complete failure in rational action and a paralysis of decision-making in the face of unexpected events, until the problem is so serious that it can no longer be hidden . Without free press to smooth the flow of information, it often takes far too long for seriously bad news to get to the real decision-makers. When the information gets through, the decision makers act in their own interest, often with a ruthless disregard for the safety of other nations.
This structural communist incompetence of China, with its endemic aversion to bad news, even to its own superiors, and its serial track record of hiding outbreaks rather than trying to contain them, is, in my opinion, a lingering threat to both their own people and themselves Rest of the world.
The next time the ChiComs cover up an outbreak of disease, and there will be a next time, the disease that eventually emerges could be far worse than Covid-19 or SARS.