COVID-19: Did China Hide Coronavirus From The World For Seven Years?

The US intelligence community, in a classified report, has concluded that China has misled the world on the extent of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Jessica David

July 6, 2020

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The US intelligence community, in a classified report, has concluded that China has misled the world on the extent of the Coronavirus outbreak in the country. The officials, speaking to Bloomberg on the condition of anonymity, said China is under-reporting the number of cases and deaths. Though the officials did not reveal details of the secret report, which was sent to the White House, they concluded that China’s public data on the outbreak was fake, corroborating suspicions raised by several other experts. US President Donald Trump has echoed these suspicions in a briefing.

Trump said that China’s numbers appear to be on the “lighter side”, though he did not mention an intelligence report. Doubts have been raised outside and within the country, both. Data made available by China shows that the outbreak began in Hubei province late last year, with the first case being officially confirmed on December 31. But reports from whistleblowers, like Chinese physician Dr Li Wenliang, who died of COVID-19, suggested that the first cases appeared as early as November.

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