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.
Rival Candidate Spreads Fake News Attacks Against Anti-Lockdown Hero Shelley Luther
Shelley Luther, the candidate for Texas’ Senate District 30, is beginning to face heat from her rivals in the Senate seat’s special election.
One of her opponents, Drew Springer, the State Representative for Texas’s 68th District, called her out for supposed hypocrisy on the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
On Facebook he commented, “Shelley Luther sang a different tune about forced COVID-19 shutdowns before she realized she could use it for her political benefit.
While she thought her record could be deleted from Facebook, there was only so long she could hide. #ShutdownShelley”
Springer referred to a comment Luther made on March 16 where she said “Just my opinion. If some major cities are closing down building where large gatherings occur, then EVERY city should. The problem will not fix if some people are out and about.”
However, several users commenting on Springer’s Facebook post were quick to point out some nuances in Luther’s comments.
The main gist of their comments was that Luther said that it didn’t make any sense for a few venues to remain open and others not be closed. In essence, she was calling for policy consistency, not for selective enforcement of lockdowns.
Luther made a name for herself earlier this year when she resisted the city of Dallas’ shutdown order and continued operating her business in defiance of this ordinance.
She would later face jail time for her refusal to comply but would later be pardoned by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Luther has received endorsements from organizations such as Texas Gun Rights PAC for her staunch liberty activism and commitment to American principles such as the Second Amendment.
The Dallas salon owner is one of the more high-profile state level candidates running for office and has become a national figure of resistance against the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
A Luther victory would represent a major win for Texas conservatives who have been disappointed with the legislative body’s performance over the years.
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