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Report: China Destroyed Evidence of Wuhan Coronavirus in December

Report: China Destroyed Evidence of Wuhan Coronavirus in December

Wuhan Virus Watch: Timeline supports designation of pathogen as “Chinese Virus,” despite press outrage.

My daily update must start with the revelation by an independent, investigative journalism team at Caixin Global.

The team discovered that Chinese scientists destroyed proof of research involving the novel coronavirus that is now spreading at pandemic levels.

An article published by the Times of London indicates that Chinese authorities have been deleting the stories from the internet.

Chinese laboratories identified a mystery virus as a highly infectious new pathogen by late December last year, but they were ordered to stop tests, destroy samples and suppress the news, a Chinese media outlet has revealed.

A regional health official in Wuhan, centre of the outbreak, demanded the destruction of the lab samples that established the cause of unexplained viral pneumonia on January 1. China did not acknowledge there was human-to-human transmission until more than three weeks later.

The detailed revelations by Caixin Global, a respected independent publication, provide the clearest evidence yet of the scale of the cover-up in the crucial early weeks when the opportunity was lost to control the outbreak.

The Times of London continues, noting that despite warnings being given through December about the severe nature of the contagion, on Jan. 3, the National Health Commission, China’s top medical authority, issued a gag order.

Laboratories were told not to release any information and to hand over or destroy the samples.

When a CDC team was sent to Wuhan on January 8, it was deliberately not informed that medical staff had already been infected by patients — a clear confirmation that the disease was contagious.

Caixin Global prepared a summary of 10 of its coronavirus posts. As a sample, one featured the gag orders implemented by China’s government.

It’s now clear that despite dire warnings from frontline doctors, hospital managers and city health officials implemented gag orders, forbade doctors to share information with the public and ordered biotech companies to stop testing. Authorities burdened the process of filing cases to the national contagious disease alert system with enough red-tape to render the system nearly ineffective. They also withheld critical information on person-to-person transmission of the virus when three teams of medical experts were sent from Beijing to investigate.

This delayed the response by several weeks, allowing the best window for containing the virus to close. During this period, the virus ran rampant in Wuhan and then spread around the country as people returned to their hometowns for holiday celebrations.

Additionally, Axios has put together a detailed timeline that clearly demonstrates China’s early actions led to the virus spreading around the globe. Some of the dates cited:

Dec. 10: Wei Guixian, one of the earliest known coronavirus patients, starts feeling ill.

Dec. 27: Wuhan health officials are told that a new coronavirus is causing the illness.

Jan. 1: Wuhan Public Security Bureau brings in for questioning eight doctors who had posted information about the illness on WeChat.

Jan. 11–17: Important prescheduled CCP meeting held in Wuhan. During that time, the Wuhan Health Commission insists there are no new cases.

Jan. 18:
Annual Wuhan Lunar New Year banquet. Tens of thousands of people gathered for a potluck.

As a reminder that Legal Insurrection has been on top of this story early on. We posted on a “novel microbe” coming out of Wuhan on Jan. 10.

Symptoms of the new disease include high fever, difficulty breathing, and lung lesions. Currently, there are 59 known cases of this pneumonia-like illness. And while Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has been ruled out as a cause, public health officials are concerned about another potential pandemic.

This information is essential to consider for several reasons. Chiefly, one study had ascertained that if China had begun treating the outbreak as a serious health threat when the severity of the illness first came to light in late December, the spread of the disease could have been reduced by 95%.

The research also found that if interventions in the country 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.

The behavior of Chinese authorities in the wake of the pandemic has been appalling. Furthermore, the attempt by the mainstream media to make the daily briefings into social justice lectures becomes all the more angering to most Americans who are more and more aware of the Chinese government’s gag orders, sample destruction, and obfuscations.

During Wednesday’s daily briefings, there were no less than four separate scolding President Donald Trump received for referring to the coronavirus as “the Chinese Virus.”

Perhaps the most shrill and trivial came from ABC’s Cecilia Vega.

Her exchange wasn’t received in quite the way she intended:

The response was so overwhelming against her that Cecilia pinned this tweet to the top of her page:

In conclusion, the timeline supports the designation of the pathogen as “Chinese Virus,” despite press outrage and social justice scolding.


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Shi—a virologist who is often called China’s “bat woman” by her colleagues because of her virus-hunting expeditions in bat caves over the past 16 years—walked out of the conference she was attending in Shanghai and hopped on the next train back to Wuhan. “I wondered if [the municipal health authority] got it wrong,” she says. “I had never expected this kind of thing to happen in Wuhan, in central China.” Her studies had shown that the southern, subtropical areas of Guangdong, Guangxi and Yunnan have the greatest risk of coronaviruses jumping to humans from animals—particularly bats, a known reservoir for many viruses. If coronaviruses were the culprit, she remembers thinking, “could they have come from our lab?”

    Kepha H in reply to Neo. | March 19, 2020 at 11:41 am

    As early as the 18th century, people noted that cowpox and human smallpox were similar, and the first innoculations for smallpox were derived from cowpox cultures. In the same way, a lot of newer coronaviruses probably have spread from Chinese wet markets. The scientist cited did her studies in Guangdong and Guangxi, of whose people the Chinese themselves joke that they eat “anything that turns its back on Heaven”.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Neo. | March 19, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Early on I suggested that this should be referred to as “China’s Folly Wuhan Coronavirus 2019”. Then I dropped folly, now it turns out I should have kept it.

    It seems that China’s bureaucrats are even dumber and more short sighted than our own.

    There needs to be a push to collect damages from China, the whole world should be seeking compensation. American’s deserve compensation, and that compensation would do wonders to correct the trade imbalance.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to JusticeDelivered. | March 19, 2020 at 6:34 pm

      Folly indeed, unless……IT’S ALL PLANNED!!!!!!!!!!!!

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to JusticeDelivered. | March 19, 2020 at 6:37 pm

      FYI, via Ace of Spades

      Is It Time to #CancelChina?

      The American Interest:

      Amidst the 24/7 breathless media coverage and calls for politicians to “do something,” one fundamental question still needs to be addressed forthrightly and in the open:

      Who did this to us and what to do to prevent it from happening again?

      The question about assigning agency and blame is pretty straightforward to answer:

      The communist Chinese state, which for more than three decades has been draining capital and knowledge from the West, benefiting from our greed and myopia, has just let loose a virus that in the coming months is about to effectively paralyze Europe and the United States and bring severe pain, both human and economic on the world….

      As a result of all this, the West is now shutting down, at least for a while. The ultimate cost to the world, in terms of new government debt, failed businesses, and human lives and suffering, is difficult to quantify at this point. But there are indications that the fallout from the Wuhan Virus could be transformative.

      We must acknowledge our own complicity in what is now unfolding. The belief that globalization, through the radical centralization of market networks, was the unavoidable path forward has been exposed as a grave, near-delusional miscalculation. The offshoring by corporations of supply chains to China has not only eviscerated communities that were previously reliant on manufacturing jobs, but has also brought with it an unprecedented level of vulnerability and fragility to our economies. The populist revolts that have wracked Western democracies for the past several years are in part rooted in the pain that these dislocations have caused. Worse yet, for the past three decades, this offshoring process has favored an adversary that is determined to replace us as the hub of global economic and military power and place itself at the new normative center of the world.

      Bonchie at RedState notes that some former Free Trade Above All Else corporate pseudoconservatives are rethinking the terrible deal we made to ship most of our manufacturing base to a hostile communist power.

      Which turns out to be the cradle of apocalyptic plagues, to boot……

        notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | March 19, 2020 at 6:42 pm

        TeeVee says:

        “Even if the Chinese government was the nicest on Earth, which they aren’t, the Dems have tied themselves to the Chicoms, at a time when this country hates China more than at any point since Taiwan had their UN seat.

        The bastards are drowning, Mr. President.

        Huck an anvil at them.”

        Not MY complicity. I never voted for globalization. Usually there were Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and whichever one I voted for would be pro-globalization, even if they lied to get elected by saying they weren’t.

        Many Americans are like me in this. We were screwed over by the Chinese controlled Democrats and the totally fake Republicans.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Neo. | March 19, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    I read her report and it was fascinating. It’s too bad her government is a suppressive propaganda machine.

It’s been obvious for some time now that the Chinese government behaved, at best, in a criminally irresponsible manner with respect to this virus. They need to be held accountable in some way.

As for the pandering idiots in our media, they are self-revealing as ignorant, duplicitous scumbags every day, and hopefully the American people will be tuning them out permanently.

This poor Cecelia girl is way too young to remember the 4 decade Cold War with the USSR and how the Soviets could manipulate our media and way too many Democrat pols.

Of course China destroyed the evidence and lied to the world. They are Communists. This is the opening salvo in a new cold war against the Leninist state of China, just 21st century style. Young people had better learn fast.

    MarkSmith in reply to Whitewall. | March 19, 2020 at 10:15 am

    She should be kicked out of the press conferences or called out on it.

    Song of the day should be evil women:

    Hey woman, you got the flues
    ‘Cause you ain’t got no one else to use

    Sonnys Mom in reply to Whitewall. | March 19, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    All those precious, woke young people still don’t get that there is no such thing as free healthcare; that somebody ALWAYS pays. For example, in this case, people around the world are at now risk of getting sick, and some are even paying with their lives… because China doesn’t care about your “rights”. And protecting the party is always Job #1.

    artichoke in reply to Whitewall. | March 22, 2020 at 1:49 am

    Throw her out first, then if she can learn, at least she’ll have learned. But there are other better people for that seat in the press room, and they’ll always be better than her.

Likely, this is why the CCP expelled American publications earlier this week. They don’t want any of this stuff getting out. Fortunately, the London Times got the scoop.

I watched the briefing and Vega got the first question. She offered the trope that the “Chinese Virus” denomination has led to the mistreatment of Chinese-Americans. I’ve not seen any examples offered yet. You could pick up on the contempt as she asked the question and the screenshot shows it on her face.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Glenn Jordan. | March 19, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    hy would anyone mistreat a Chinese American, afterall they were smart enough leave China for here.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to JusticeDelivered. | March 19, 2020 at 6:45 pm

      I’ve eaten at my favorite Chinese buffet several times in the past month, just yesterday picked up some rubbing alcohol at at beauty supply store run by a middle age Chinese couple for the past 30 years and they exhibited not a shred of fear nor any evidence of being abused by others.

“A news conference means you get to ask whatever question you want to ask. #FirstAmendment”

Yes. That also applies to answers you receive to stupid questions. #FirstAmendment

“A news conference means you get to ask whatever question you want to ask. #FirstAmendment”

Celia, please familiarize yourself with the concept of a straw-man argument. (Or better yet, don’t bother — you’re clearly a consummate expert in that trade.) No one disputed that you could ask whatever you wanted; the issue is why, of all the questions you might have asked, you chose to play the race card.

    Edward in reply to moonmoth. | March 19, 2020 at 11:44 am

    The answer to the question of why she chose to ask that question is self-evident. She’s a member of the Socialist-Democrat/MSM Party.

But, but, but the Chinese are our friends !
Just ask any COMMIECRAT on their payroll !
( msm or any demonrat in congress )

    Kepha H in reply to Lewfarge. | March 19, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Or, just ask some of the plutocrats who found that if you really want to sweat labor, you need to go to a fiercely socialist state run for the workers (who have good reasons to think that being sweated by a foreign company is a true personal great leap forward).

    I also fault Poppy Bush. His response to the 1989 massacres in China was pathetic, and born out of a mistaken idea that he owed China for letting us put a listening post or two in their colony of Eastern Turkistan in order to spy on the Soviets. He should’ve been very wary of a major state where Stalin is still a big hero.

      JimWoo in reply to Kepha H. | March 19, 2020 at 1:41 pm

      I have much respect for “Poppy” Bush’s wartime service but politically he was a wimp. I think he was the original RINO.

    walls in reply to Lewfarge. | March 19, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    No … atoms are our friends!

The “racist” accusation baffles me. That the MSM called it the Wuhan/China Virus for weeks, even months, then suddenly changed, is PROOF that they wouldn’t know RACISM if it bit them on the ass! IOW, IF they’re so certain it’s RACISM, why did they call it that in the first place?

Kung Flu…give that person a medal.

“A news conference means you get to ask whatever question you want to ask.”

That one is right up there with “The news is what we say it is.”

No, bumpkin. A reporter is free to ask stupid, biased, unhelpful, unfair or vapid questions, and then the whole rest of the world is free to point out that the reporter is doing a lousy job. That is what is happening, here.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Valerie. | March 19, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    WE are also free to point out SHE is the RACIST!

    artichoke in reply to Valerie. | March 22, 2020 at 1:55 am

    The consequences should be a little more serious for the reporter, in a world where there are many people who would die for those jobs. She shouldn’t be there any more.

    It’s important not to give second chances. That’s fair, as long as the replacement doesn’t get second chances either. Some turnover is good as new perspectives and ideas come in.

Pretty amazing to watch the media pivot from claiming that denying admission to Chinese Americans to Harvard based solely on race and racial stereotypes is not racist to calling a virus by the name of the city where it originated racist because that city happens to be in China.

CalgonCorona Detergent; Ancient Chinese Virus.
old calgon commercials will clue younger people in.

“Why is she using their evil talking points?”
Cecelia Vega

There is no First Amendment in China.

Since you are LI’s resident expert on this, I have a question for you. I look at the CDC chart daily [ ] and it looks like NY, although late to the game, is now in a runaway infection. While early states (WA,CA) have slowed their rate of new infections, NY is adding hundreds each day, now approaching 5,000 confirmed cases. Any idea why?

    I would wait about 3 or 4 more days, then begin to evaluate the rate of infection after that time. With the introduction of high-throughput tests, the labs are now pouring out new data that will make it seem that infections are spiking….especially in highly populated ares where the labs also have to go through a huge backlog of tests they couldn’t get to before.

    By the end of next week I sense we are going to start seeing the results of containment (i.e., the 15-day presidential guidelines) and control (specifically the rapid deployment of chloroquine) and plans for a resumption of normalcy by the Trump Team.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Leslie Eastman. | March 19, 2020 at 6:52 pm

      I noted the CDC map of the country showing cases by states was deliberately shading all the states in almost the same shade of medium brown, even though the categories were 1 case, 2-3 cases, 4-5 cases etc.

      That is the same dirty trick the DNC pulled in the Iowa primary putting all the other candidates districts won in very close shades of medium blue and Bernie’s in a very contrasting color. So the impression was that Bernie lost Iowa majorly if one didn’t slow down and carefully review the map legend.

But they’re not our enemies…. W T F????

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | March 19, 2020 at 6:28 pm

The SJW Media Continues Repeating the Absurd Propaganda of Their Chinese Communist Allies, While Ignoring Science

Don’t these people “Believe in Science”?

Before “Believe all women,” they were constantly shrieking about how much they “believe in Science,” which, to them, means “Liking” a picture of a galaxy on FaceBook.

So here’s this SJW, shrieking that a Republican dared to mention Chinese food practices as a reason that fresh plagues keep coming out of China…

Timeline supports designation of pathogen as “Chinese Virus,” despite press outrage.

DJT could start calling it “Democrat Virus”—let’s see them call that racist.

Unfair? Hardly—the D’rats are the party of open borders . . . and open borders are probably the best way there is to spread disease.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | March 19, 2020 at 9:37 pm

China has been our enemy for some time, it’s now just becoming widely accepted.

A repeat of the SARS accidental release a while back seems more and more likely. No, I do not believe it’s an engineered bio-weapon, that doesn’t fit the evidence. What does fit the evidence is that it was another of the bat-bourne pathogens, waiting for an intermediate host and a chance to reach humans.
China knows they are vulnerable to avian (and bat) virii, they’ve had several animal outbreaks in their chicken and pork industries plus SARS. They have 2 high-security research labs, one of which is publicly known to have let SARS out after the outbreak was over via lab techs selling the exotic animals used for testing.
Both of those labs are in Hubai, one is in Wuhan. Near the live animal market.

Of course, could all of that be a Western Capitalist Konspiracy Propagandissmo against the Benificent People’s Party of PRC? Ummmm, no.