The AP reported today that there were six very critical days when President Xi [lied] was mistaken about the virus, although they mention the fact that it wasn’t China’s first “mistake.”
The real story here is President Xi lied for six days when he certainly knew what he was dealing with.
IT WAS ONLY SIX DAYS AND THE RETROSPECTIVE MIGHT SHOW MISTAKES
“In the six days after top Chinese officials secretly determined they likely were facing a pandemic from a new coronavirus, the city of Wuhan at the epicenter of the disease hosted a mass banquet for tens of thousands of people; millions began traveling through for Lunar New Year celebrations,” the AP correctly states. One cannot deny that fact.
“President Xi Jinping warned the public on the seventh day, Jan. 20. But by then, more than 3,000 people had been infected during almost a week of public silence, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press and estimates based on retrospective infection data,” they continued.
“The delay from Jan. 14 to Jan. 20 was neither the first mistake [lie] made by Chinese officials at all levels in confronting the outbreak nor the longest lag, as governments around the world have dragged their feet for weeks and even months in addressing the virus,” the AP reports.
“Mistake?” Seriously guys?
The AP managed to dig up an epidemiologist, Benjamin Cowley at the University of Hong Kong, who said it was a “tricky call.”
There were warnings in December from Taiwan and by the doctors in the field.
THEY’RE NOT TYRANNICAL, THEY’RE A BIT RIGID AND BUREAUCRATIC
This is how the AP phrases China’s tyrannical government actions: “China’s rigid controls on information, bureaucratic hurdles and a reluctance to send bad news up the chain of command muffled early warnings, experts said. Without these internal reports, it took the first case outside China, in Thailand on Jan. 13, to galvanize leaders in Beijing into recognizing the possible pandemic before them.”
They didn’t “muffle” anything. They made a doctor and at least one citizen journalist disappear.
They get in a comment about Wuhan and elsewhere finally getting CDC test kits on January 15th. However, they fail to mention that the Communist Chinese didn’t bother to post the genome DNA until January 13th.
CHINA MADE MISTAKES BUT TRUMP SQUANDERED
The AP writes: “The delay may support accusations by U.S. President Donald Trump that the Chinese government’s secrecy held back the world’s response to the virus. However, even the public announcement on Jan. 20 left the U.S. nearly two months to prepare for the pandemic — time that the U.S. squandered.”
It “may” and the President “squandered” the time???
This is the President’s February timeline, the one in question. This is what he was doing while the expert, Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease since 1984, was telling people to go to malls and movies on February 29 and telling healthy, young people to go on cruises on March 9th:
Media keep asking what the Trump Administration was doing in February to combat the coronavirus after restricting travel from China.
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) April 13, 2020
The AP adds, “Some health experts said Beijing took decisive action given the information available to them.”
PRESIDENT XI KNEW, THE REAL STORY
President Xi knew the virus situation was dire and the risk of contagion was high by January 14th, which was the same day WHO downplayed the outbreak.
The Associated Press reported on Tuesday night that leaked internal documents from China show that Xi knew.
On that same day, the WHO tweeted: “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China”
Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China🇨🇳. pic.twitter.com/Fnl5P877VG
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 14, 2020
Xi took over the coronavirus disaster on January 7th and knew the truth about the seriousness of the illness by January 14th at the latest.
China did not tell the world that the coronavirus could be spread from human-to-human until January 20. Thousands died during that delay.
“In the six days after top Chinese officials secretly determined they likely were facing a pandemic from a new coronavirus, the city of Wuhan at the epicenter of the disease hosted a mass banquet for tens of thousands of people; millions began traveling through for Lunar New Year celebrations,” the AP reported. “President Xi Jinping warned the public on the seventh day, Jan. 20. But by that time, more than 3,000 people had been infected during almost a week of public silence, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press and expert estimates based on retrospective infection data.”
Zuo-Feng Zhang, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, told the AP that the revelation is “tremendous.”
“If they took action six days earlier, there would have been much fewer patients and medical facilities would have been sufficient,” Zhang said. “We might have avoided the collapse of Wuhan’s medical system.”
“The six-day delay by China’s leaders in Beijing came on top of almost two weeks during which the National Center for Disease Control did not register any cases from local officials, internal bulletins obtained by the AP confirm,” the AP continued. “Yet during that time, from Jan. 5 to Jan. 17, hundreds of patients were appearing in hospitals not just in Wuhan but across the country.”
The leaked documents obtained by the AP “show that the head of China’s National Health Commission, Ma Xiaowei, laid out a grim assessment of the situation on Jan. 14 in a confidential teleconference with provincial health officials.”
A memo showed that the teleconference was held to give instructions from Xi and other top Chinese communist officials.
“The epidemic situation is still severe and complex, the most severe challenge since SARS in 2003, and is likely to develop into a major public health event,” the memo cites Ma as saying.
A section of the memo titled “sober understanding of the situation,” stated that “clustered cases suggest that human-to-human transmission is possible.”
“With the coming of the Spring Festival, many people will be traveling, and the risk of transmission and spread is high,” the memo said. “All localities must prepare for and respond to a pandemic.”
Xi knew and did nothing. He allowed the people to travel and the pandemic to grow out of control.
CORRECTION: We added the section, PRESIDENT XI KNEW, THE REAL STORY, gleaned from the AP to convey all the information shared in the article.