For 3 Weeks China Tried to Cover It Up
China squandered a crucial 3-week window that could have been used to better contain the epidemic. Instead of trying to contain the virus itself, the communist party focused on covering up information about what was really happening.
… authorities detained and punished eight Wuhan residents… who had warned the public through social media, accusing people of “fabricating and spreading rumors.” Journalists who attempted to cover news of the outbreak were harassed and had to show their reports to police. __ Source
Coronaviruses are believed to cause a significant percentage of all common colds in human adults and children. Coronaviruses cause colds with major symptoms, e.g. fever, throat swollen adenoids, in humans primarily in the winter and early spring seasons. Coronaviruses can cause pneumonia, either direct viral pneumonia or a secondary bacterial pneumonia and they can also cause bronchitis, either direct viral bronchitis or a secondary bacterial bronchitis. The much publicized human coronavirus discovered in 2003, SARS-CoV which causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), has a unique pathogenesis because it causes both upper and lower respiratory tract infections. __ Wikipedia “Coronavirus”
The novel coronavirus that is disrupting China, first came to the attention of Chinese physicians about 7 weeks ago. For over three weeks, the Chinese government covered up what was happening in and around Wuhan. By the end of December it was clear that the situation was beyond containment.
In 1986, the Soviets initially lied about the nuclear accident at Chernobyl before physical evidence forced them to disclose the truth. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) followed the Soviet playbook for this pandemic: On Dec. 8, doctors confirmed the first coronavirus patient but Wuhan’s mayor now acknowledges the city’s action was insufficient. Officials did not alert the public until Dec. 30, missing a valuable three-week window to control the spread of the virus. __ https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/480075-chinas-biological-chernobyl-different-country-same-lies
Inside communist China, the truth is a precious commodity in that it must be economised at all costs. If in doubt, lock it up in a deep vault and throw away the key.
China’s government penalizes free information access and transmission. The regime’s despicable Social Credit Rating system collects data on individuals using cellphones, public video cameras, internet and travel activity, and neighborhood gossip. Security operatives analyze the gobbledygook, looking for — get ready — signs of anti-government behavior.
In communist China, an individual or even a respected doctor in a research bureau reporting on contaminated food, much less a possible epidemic outbreak, is conceivably guilty of anti-government behavior. Said brave soul is subject to fines, travel restrictions, public shaming and perhaps prison. __ Strategy
Corona Places China’s Economy Under Strain
Even before novel coronavirus hit Wuhan, China’s economy was under siege. Now, the economic outlook of the dragon flies under a darker cloud.
Economic effects will escalate and seriously impact business. There is a serious threat of China slowdown translating into a global event.
That is what markets should be pricing – the economic slowdown caused by the virus. If it gets worse, the consequences will be so much more painful.
It’s clear any business connected with China is going to suffer some form of Q1 hit from the impact in China. We still don’t know how much more economic damage may be inflicted from policy responses to the virus. Firms like Honda are shuttering China factories. Plans to evacuate foreign nationals from China are being put in place – will they all be put in quarantine? __ Zerohedge
Multinational corporations are limiting travel to China, including auto giants GM and Ford. Other large companies holding back on China travel include Apple, JPMorgan Chase, Kraft Heinz, Starbucks, McDonalds, and Nissan. Russia is shutting down some cross-border travel.
China Cannot be Trusted
Chinese authorities initially likely did not disclose the severity of the pandemic because they feared this tragedy could trigger massive protests, shaking China’s regime security. China strives always to show a prosperous, harmonious atmosphere, a stabilized society, even at the cost of the health of its citizens. __ https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/480075-chinas-biological-chernobyl-different-country-same-lies
The death toll is above 130 and certain to rise higher.
Zhong Nanshan, one of China’s top respiratory diseases experts, said on Tuesday that the outbreak had yet to reach its peak and that he expected it to do so within a week to 10 days, adding that there should be “no massive increase afterwards”.
However, University of Hong Kong academics have predicted that the number of infections in five mainland megacities – Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chongqing – will peak between late April and early May. __ SCMP
The communist party of China has not been honest with the outside world, nor with its own people. But there is nothing new about that.
Because the Lunar New Year is the most important holiday for the Chinese people, transmission rates are certain to increase. And, inevitably, the Chinese people will learn of the government’s lies, evasion and deception. They will add this to their list of regime failures, which long ago caused the loss of the party’s legitimacy to rule China. __ Source