U.S. officials believe that China hid the extent of the outbreak of the coronavirus and its degree of infectivity, time to stock up on the necessary protection equipment and medicines, said a March 4 Associated Press , citing intelligence data.
In the report of the Ministry of internal security of the United States from may 1, which is at the disposal of the Agency, said that in early January, toChina leaders deliberately concealed from other countries and organizations the severity of the pandemic.
The authorities of the PRC, as noted by the authors of the report, the whole of January was not provided by the world health organization real data on the infectivity of the coronavirus, while simultaneously increasing the import of medical products (especially masks, surgical gowns and gloves) and reducing its exports.
According to us intelligence, changes in import and export of China with a probability of 95% has gone beyond the norm.
On may 2 the British newspaper Daily Telegraph published a report of the intelligence community of the United States, Australia, Canada, the UK and New Zealand (the Alliance known as Five Eyes). It says that the Chinese authorities learned about the possibility of transmission of coronavirus from person to person for at least a month earlier than advised the international community – in December 2019 (officially it was recognized only 20 January 2020). Beijing, the report says, also forbade scientists to investigate a new disease, intimidated and persecuted those who dared to talk about it.
The Associated Press suggested that many of the mistakes of the Chinese government were related to the bureaucracy and strict control over information. There is no evidence that this was a deliberate plot to buy up the world’s supply of medicines, the Agency noted.
An outbreak of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 began in late 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan. March 11, 2020, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, the coronavirus, the world has infected more than 3.5 million people, more than 247,7 thousand of them died, and 1.1 million recovered.
The U.S. accused China that he had not informed the international community about the threat of the spread of coronavirus. U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo expressed confidencethat the Chinese Communists “will answer for what happened.”