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China Covered Up the Severity of COVID-19, U.S Intelligence Reports

U.S President Donald Trump has been defensive over the debate whether he failed to act wisely after getting early warnings from intelligence officials about the novel coronavirus outbreak and its potential impact.

Trump tweeted and appeared to blame intelligence officials for not making the potential of COVID-19 clearer sooner just how dangerous a novel coronavirus outbreak could be and without citing specifics wrote that intelligence has just reported to him that he was correct and that they did NOT bring up the CoronaVirus subject matter until late into January, just prior to his act of banning China from the United States and moreover they only spoke of the novel coronavirus in a very non-threatening manner.

The deadly novel coronavirus is believed to have originated in Wuhan market in China. But Trump has speculated that Chinese authorities may have unleashed the novel coronavirus outbreak due to some kind of horrible mistake. U.S intelligence agencies are still examining a notion that is put forward by the president Trump and aides that the COVID-19 pandemic may have resulted from an accident during experiments at Wuhan lab.

There have been 1,176,548 confirmed cases of a novel coronavirus in the U.S and caused 68,066 deaths so far. The intelligence reports come as the Trump administration has intensified criticism of China, with Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo also saying that country was responsible for the spread of novel coronavirus and must be held answerable.

The sharper rhetoric coinciding with critics saying the response of the government towards the novel coronavirus was inadequate and slow. The political opponents of President Trump have accused him of lashing out at China, a geopolitical rival but one of the important trade partners of the United State, in order to deflect criticism and accusations at home.

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The DHS analysis states that while downplaying the severity of the COVID-19, China increased its imports and decreased exports of medical equipment and supplies. The analysis states that it attempted to cover up this thing by denying there were export restrictions and delaying provision of the trade data.

The report additionally says China held off informing the World Health Organization (WHO) that the novel coronavirus was a contagion for quite a bit of January so it could arrange medical supplies from abroad and that its imports of masks and hazmat suits and gloves expanded strongly.

According to the report, those conclusions are based on the 95 per cent probability that changes in imports and export behaviour of China were not within the normal range.

Pompeo said he had no reason to believe that the novel coronavirus was spread deliberately. He added that China has a history of infecting the world, and they also have a history of running substandard laboratories. He said that this is not the first time that the world has exposed to the virus as the result of mistakes and failures of Chinese laboratories.

The secretary of state said that while the intelligence officials continue to do their work, they must continue to do that, and confirm so that we are certain. He added that there is a significant amount of evidence that this originated from Wuhan laboratory. Pompeo appeared to be referring to the previous respiratory outbreaks because of viruses, like SARS, which also originated in China.

Senator Ted Cruz said that he believes China is one of the most significant geopolitical threats to the United States for the next century. Chinese communist government bears huge responsibility, enormous direct culpability for COVID-19 pandemic. He added that it is clear that China covered it up. He added that the hundreds of thousands of coronavirus deaths across the world are the direct responsibility of the communist government’s lies.

Amna Rana

Amna Rana, a writing enthusiast and a microbiologist. Her areas of interest are medical and health care. She writes about diseases, treatments, alternative therapies, lifestyles and the latest news. You can find her on Linkedin Amna Rana.

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