Infographic: How the Global Pandemic Spread From China
An Epoch Times investigation traces how initial outbreaks around the world were seeded by travelers from Wuhan, ground zero of the pandemic (Thread👇)
For at least 3 weeks, #Beijing knew about the severity of the #CCPVirus outbreak in #Wuhan, but downplayed the crisis and suppressed any information at odds with the official narrative.
The coverup allowed the virus to spread, sparking a global #Pandemic. https://www.theepochtimes.com/infographic-how-the-global-pandemic-spread-from-china_3664259.html
Internal documents obtained by @EpochTimes show that patients with #CCPVirus-like symptoms started appearing in #Wuhan hospitals from September 2019, suggesting the disease may have been silently spreading around the city in the autumn. https://www.theepochtimes.com/china-saw-covid-19-like-patients-months-before-official-timeline-internal-documents_3537965.html
#CCP authorities first publicly confirmed the existence of the #CCPVirus on Dec. 31, 2019, and for the next 19 days insisted the disease was “preventable and controllable” and that there was little to no risk that it could spread among humans. The @WHO echoed those statements.
Doctors who tried to warn others about the outbreak were punished.
After Dr. #LiWenliang shared a report in a private chat group on #WeChat about “seven ‘SARS-like” cases, local police reprimanded him for spreading “rumors” online.
Meanwhile, Chinese #SocialMedia platforms scrubbed references to the #CCPVirus and comments critical of the
#CCP regime’s handling of the outbreak from December. https://www.theepochtimes.com/report-says-china-internet-firms-censored-coronavirus-terms-criticism-early-in-outbreak_3258389.html
#Propaganda organs also issued at least 18 directives to domestic news outlets in January ordering them to limit coverage of the #CCPVirus outbreak and stick to official statements. https://www.theepochtimes.com/how-chinas-propaganda-department-directed-coverup-of-virus-outbreak-information-messaging-around-us-china-trade-war_3427136.html
It was not until Jan. 20 that the #CCP confirmed human-to-human transmission. 3 days later, the 1st containment measures were implemented through a #Lockdown of #Wuhan.
It was too late. Around 5 million residents had already left the city, seeding the #CCPVirus across the world.
Had the #CCP enacted containment measures 3 weeks earlier, the number of cases could have been reduced by 95%, according to a study published in March. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2293-x
By Jan. 20, when #CCP authorities admitted to human-to-human transmission, the disease had already spread to at least 18 countries and regions.
By the time #Wuhan was locked down, outbreaks were growing in at least 24 countries—nearly all seeded by travelers from the city.
On Jan. 30, the @WHO declared the outbreak a global health emergency, though it did not recommend that countries impose travel #Restrictions.
The next day, President Trump announced the US would close its borders to non-American travelers from #China.
The @WHO did not declare a global #Pandemic until March 11. By then, there were more than 118,000 recorded cases across 114 countries and territories.
See the full infographic here: https://www.theepochtimes.com/infographic-how-the-global-pandemic-spread-from-china_3664259.html