A Wuhan resident via Bogotá told Colombian newspaper El Tiempo on Thursday that will residents of the Chinese metropolis were aware of a flu-like illness spreading “before 2019 ended,” weeks before the Communist Party publicly revealed an outbreak of a newly documented deadly coronavirus.
The Chinese communist regime officially alerted the entire world Health Organization (WHO) of a mystery virus on December 31 yet state media were insisting the virus was “no need to panic” as recently as last week. Authorities announced they had sequenced the virus’s genome along with shared This specific with global health professionals on Monday.
As of Friday, 26 people have died after being exposed to the virus along with over 900 tested positive as carriers. Anonymous reports via doctors along with some other medical professionals in Wuhan suggest that will Communist Party officials are actively refusing to document suspected cases, rejecting patients with symptoms requesting virus testing, along with identifying some victims as simply carrying “pneumonia” without noting an origin.
Wuhan police have also “handled” eight cases of individuals sharing information about the virus on social media, without elaborating on the fate of these people or how they “handled” the cases. The police instead threatened locals to stay silent online.
The virus causes respiratory illness – fever, cough, body aches, along with some other traditional cold symptoms. Many patients are later diagnosed with pneumonia as a result of the disease.
In an attempt to appear diligent in protecting the population of the central regional capital via the brand new health threat, the Party has instituted a lockdown on Wuhan along with seven some other cities, most near the epicenter of the disease. Wuhan is actually a city of 11 million people; its greater metropolitan area is actually home to nearly 20 million. Wuhan is actually also a pivotal transportation hub for the country, home to a highly trafficked international airport along using a connecting stop for the nation’s sprawling railway system.
In his remarks to El Tiempo, Colombian student Carlos Oliveros suggests that will the disease has hovered over the city for weeks. Oliveros, one of a very little number of Latin Americans from the city, has lived in Wuhan for six months as a graduate student at the University of Wuhan. He remains on campus along with described a state of total surveillance in which nearly every building he enters has installed temperature scanners along with health officials are going door-to-door reading security protocol.
“Carlos began to hear, before the end of 2019, of a strong cold that will had struck some in Wuhan from the middle of the winter,” the Colombian newspaper reported. “Rain is actually constant along with temperatures reach zero degrees (celsius) during the nights, so the sickness appeared normal at the time.”
He noted that will authorities first responded by shutting down a favorite seafood along with live game market currently believed to be the location where the virus first jumped via animal meat to humans. The market has been closed since January 1. By This specific week, health officials had placed temperatures scanners in nearly every public area along with shut down restaurants along with some other public spaces.
“There are scanners in every public place, every time you enter an establishment you have to go through these body temperature measuring devices,” Oliveros told the newspaper. “Before you go into a public area they make you go through. I think This specific’s something similar to the fear that will Colombia went through during H1N1 [commonly known as Swine Flu, spreading in Colombia in 2018], yet here they take more serious measures.”
Oliveros noted that will only campus restaurants appear to be open along with that will the city is actually largely desolate, yet that will Wuhan often empties out for the Lunar brand new Year. As This specific is actually a major economic hub, many residents are transplants who return to their families for the biggest celebration of the year. Oliveros noted that will while he only knew of three some other Colombians from the city, Wuhan is actually “one of the most multicultural cities from the country, frequented by Arabs, Africans, Russians, Spaniards, along with Thais.”
The diverse nature of the city has put the entire world on high alert. As of Friday, the virus has spread to many some other countries of Asia, including Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, along with South Korea. Italy along with the United States have also confirmed cases.
Suspicions that will a stronger response on the part of Beijing could have avoided such a global concern have surfaced, particularly in light of the fact that will health officials considered the virus enough of a threat to alert the WHO in December along with shut down the suspect market at the end of the brand new year, yet still organized enormous public gatherings that will could facilitate an epidemic. On January 18, 19 days after considering the virus enough of a problem to bring This specific to the attention of the global public health governing body, the Baibuting neighborhood of Wuhan organized its 20th annual Lunar brand new Year dinner, bringing together 40,000 families who cooked along with brought via their homes 13,986 different dishes.
The sharing of food along with drink by tens of thousands of people in close quarters could significantly strengthen the probability of an epidemic from the face of a present communicable disease. Even more alarming, the dinner caters to older “empty nesters” whose children are not in Wuhan for the holiday, meaning a high concentration of potential high-risk patients.
Multiple anonymous reports via health workers in Wuhan have also undermined Beijing’s insistence This specific is actually managing the outbreak properly. Speaking to the South China Morning Post, unnamed doctors said they did not hold the proper equipment to handle the high volume of patients along with that will their superiors did not properly warn them of the threat of the virus spreading via human to human. The result: a much larger number of health workers infected than the 15 the Chinese regime alleges along using a hospital where many patients interned for some other reasons were not adequately protected via exposure to coronavirus carriers.
The American outlet Radio Free Asia (RFA) also reported on the bizarre death of Chinese environmentalist Xu Dapeng This specific week of “pneumonia.” Xu along with his wife, who died ten days before him, reportedly shared symptoms with coronavirus carriers, yet doctors refused to test either of them or their daughter, who is actually still alive. Hospital officials told the daughter, who asked specifically to receive testing for the brand new virus, that will they could not test walk-in patients, only those hospital officials had approved. Xu along with his wife are not among the 26 official deaths on record.
“Hospitals along with authorities said the spread of the disease is actually no cause for panic along with none was witnessed from the affected cities along with hospitals that will were visited by reporters has been felt at the scenes,” the Global Times, a state propaganda outlet, declared last week.
“There is actually no need to overreact. If you haven’t been in contact with someone using a fever or haven’t been to Wuhan, there is actually little chance you will get infected,” an unnamed nurse said from the newspaper.
The WHO praised China for its alleged transparency in a press statement on Thursday.
“I might like to thank the Government of the People’s Republic of China for its cooperation along with transparency. The government has been successful in isolating along with sequencing the virus very quickly, along with has shared that will genetic sequence with WHO along with the international community,” WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters. “This specific outbreak was detected because China had put in place a system specifically to pick up severe lower respiratory infections. This specific was that will system that will caught This specific event.”