In late December 2019, Chinese laboratories identified a mystery virus as a highly infections new pathogen.
The Times reported that the laboratories received orders to stop tests, destroy samples, and put the clamps on the news.
In Wuhan, the center of the outbreak, a regional health official requested that lab samples establishing the causes of an unexplained viral pneumonia be destroyed on January 1, 2020. China did not recognize that the virus was spreading from person-to-person transmission until three more weeks passed.
Caixin Global, a reputable independent publication, demonstrated evidence of how large the cover-up was in the first few weeks. In this time frame, China lost the opportunity to control the outbreak.
Chinese government sensors have been rapidly erasing the report from the Chinese internet.
According to the Caixin report, several genomics companies were able to sequence the Wuhan virus by December 27 from samples from patients who became sick in Wuhan.
There was a startling resemblance between the new virus and the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) coronavirus that claimed the lives of 800 people from 2002 to 2003. However, this news was only shared with a small group of medical professionals and party officials.
The laboratory findings were sent to officials in Beijing at the Centre for Disease Control (CDC). The information was supposed to have alerted national health leaders about a looming crisis. Instead, on January 3, the National Health Commission, China’s leading medical authority, issued its own gagging orders. Laboratories were instructed to not release any information and to turn over or destroy the samples.
When a CDC team was sent to Wuhan on January 8, 2020 it was intentionally not informed about medical staff being infected by patients, thus confirming that the disease was contagious.
Officials led the cover-up in Wuhan as provincial party leaders prepared to hold an annual meeting. The city then continued to go along by holding a pot-luck dinner for 40,000 families to celebrate the lunar new year.
It wasn’t until January 20, 2020 that there was an announcement that the disease was being transmitted between humans. This revelation was made in an interview with Zhong Nanshan, a respiratory health expert who led the charge against SARS.
Wuhan was placed on lockdown on January 23, 2020, as the Chinese government scrambled to control the disease’s expansion.
The Attorney General on His Way Out?: Trump Mulls Firing Bill Barr, Advisers Trying to Dissuade Him
Trump is unhappy about more than just Barr’s recent voter fraud comments.
President Donald Trump is considering firing Attorney General William Barr, with the Washington Post reporting Wednesday evening that Trump “remained livid” at him.
On Tuesday Barr said that the Justice Department did not find evidence of “fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
An unnamed senior administration official told the Post that although Trump is upset about Barr’s comments, he’s also unhappy with Barr about other matters, such as his previous lack of action on the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and his handling of John Durham.
The president is pressuring Barr to release the “Durham report,” which could implicate officials in using the investigation to target Trump for political reasons. Trump also sees Barr’s secret appointment of Durham to DOJ special counsel as a “stall tactic.”
In the wake of Election Day Attorney General Barr authorized federal prosecutors to “investigate substantial allegations” of voter fraud. But in his comments Tuesday, Barr claimed that “most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct.”
“They are not systemic allegations,” said Barr.
Trump may want to fire Barr, but several advisers are trying to persuade him not to, according to the unnamed senior official.
Either way, it’s tough to see how Barr remains attorney general for much longer. If Joe Biden pulls off the steal and gets inaugurated, he will certainly replace Barr with his own AG. And if Trump hangs on for his second and final term, he may very well want to clean house and start afresh.
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