The Wuhan coronavirus continues to alarm world health officials.
The pandemic that began in Southern China has now spread to multiple continents and triggered a global emergency.
And China tried to hide one terrifying truth about the coronavirus.
Over 300,000 confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus have been detected worldwide and the death toll is approaching 15,000.
Italy, a densely populated country with the world’s second-oldest population, is particularly getting hit hard by the virus.
In America, the number of confirmed cases has shot up past 30,000 with over 400 deaths.
But perhaps one of the most disturbing aspects of the coronavirus is the frightening truth that China covered it up.
The Communist Party of China knew about the virus in mid-November but did everything in its power to suppress the severity of the illness.
China’s authoritarian communist government is chiefly concerned with saving face on the world stage, so transparency was not a priority.
According to a study from the University of Southampton, the spread of the coronavirus could be greatly diminished.
The report says, “‘[I]f interventions in [China] could have been conducted one week, two weeks, or three weeks earlier, cases could have been reduced by 66 percent, 86 percent and 95 percent respectively – significantly limiting the geographical spread of the disease.”
Instead of moving to act in November, China continued with a Chinese Lunar New Year banquet in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.
The communist government didn’t quarantine the city of Wuhan – with a population of 11 million – until January 23rd.
Worse yet, the Chinese government silenced doctors who tried to warn people about the coronavirus and denied to the World Health Organization that it could be passed from person to person.
Ai Fen, a director at Wuhan Central Hospital, posted information about the coronavirus on social media and was reprimanded by authorities for doing so.
Dr. Li Wenliang also shared information about the coronavirus, and he was forced by authorities to sign a document saying he was mistaken.
Three citizen journalists—Li Zehua, Fang Bin and Chen Qiushi—all mysteriously vanished after attempting to spread the truth about the coronavirus.
Due to China not acting decisively and honestly, nearly 15,000 people have died and world economies are in dire straits.
The United States is about to be hit with an unemployment rate that far exceeds anything seen during the Great Depression.
But it all could’ve been prevented.
These are the catastrophes that occur under authoritarian regimes. An entire population is cowed into silence and the government obfuscates the truth in order to maintain total control.
China’s attempt to save face is likely going to backfire severely, because companies are now seeing that depending on China for their critical supply chains is a risky proposition.
The Chinese wet markets where several viral outbreaks have originally occurred remain open, so something like this could happen again. China has also threatened to withhold important supplies and life-saving drugs.
People are beginning to see that China is a hostile government with its own agenda.