Coronavirus

Wuhan doctors say they were told to lie about severity of COVID-19

Chinese doctors in Wuhan have been secretly filmed admitting that they knew how serious coronavirus was at the start of the outbreak but that they were ordered to lie by authorities.

The damning testimony, which adds to the growing evidence that the Chinese Communist Party intentionally misled the global community in the early stages of the pandemic, is contained in a new documentary by UK broadcaster ITV called Outbreak: The Virus That Shook The World.

China informed the World Health Organisation (WHO) of the first 27 cases of COVID-19 on December 31, 2019, but did not report any deaths until mid-January – and even then were insisting there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission.

But senior medical professionals in Wuhan, filmed by a citizen journalist, say they knew about deaths as early as December and that it was clear the virus was spreading between people.

“We all felt there shouldn’t have been any doubt about human-to-human transmission,” one doctor said in the footage, broadcast on Tuesday night UK time.

“Actually, at the end of December or beginning of January, the relative of someone I know died of this virus. Many of those living with him were also infected including people I know.”

Another doctor said: “We knew the virus transmitted from human to human, but when we attended a hospital meeting we were told not to speak out. Provincial government leaders told the hospitals not to tell the truth.”

“They shouldn’t have allowed any gatherings,” one said. “The provincial and local governments knew the threat but they continued to allow crowds.”

WHO infamously tweeted on January 14 about the virus: “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission.”

By the time WHO issued its first situation report on January 21, at least 278 people in China were infected and the virus had spread to three other countries.

Taiwanese experts interviewed by the program backed up the Wuhan doctors’ testimony.

Dr Yin-Ching Chuang from the country’s Infectious Diseases Prevention and Treatment Network said his team struggled to get a clear answer about whether human-to-human transmission was occurring.http://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&insightstoken=bcid_S4UV9dAI.E8CDfJQMpt1M4rlFBAz…..90*ccid_hRX10Aj8&form=ANCMS1&iss=SBIUPLOADGET&selectedindex=0&id=1091381433&ccid=hRX10Aj8&exph=337&expw=600&vt=2&sim=11

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