It seems that Chinese president Xi Jinping was well aware of the coronavirus 2019-nCoV threat two weeks earlier than initially thought, according to a Sunday-released speech by the President himself.
On January 20th, Xi officially acknowledged that there was an epidemic going on. That was two days before he first spoke publicly about it. In the speech released by Xi’s ruling Communist Party, the president told his party members on Jan 7 that he was already taking measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Xi said that he wanted to close down the metropolis of Wuhan, where the virus was found on Dec 8th, on Jan 23, which would make it very difficult to leave the city. Wuhan in the Chinese province of Hubei is considered the epicentre of the outbreak.
Government cover up
Many Chinese think that the government tried to cover up the virus. The seriousness of the health crisis would have been deliberately withheld for more than a month and as a result there would not have been decisive enough action. Several whistleblowers ensured that many Chinese people were aware of the risks of the virus.
In the meantime, the worldwide death toll has risen to more than 1,650, while another 68,000 infected people are in hospitals. At least ten thousand Chinese patients are said to be in critical condition. The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that the outbreak “can still go in all directions”. The United Nations (UN) called the virus “a major threat to humanity.”
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