Wednesday, April 15, 2020

And In A Shocking Upset, China

To be clear, President Trump may not have lied.

He (maybe) didn't lie because he stated this- in the present tense not the past tense- on January 24, 2020.  That was four days after the Butchers of Beijing decided that mass murder is bad public relations. We learn 

In the six days after top Chinese officials secretly determined they likely were facing a pandemic from a new coronavirus, the city of Wuhan at the epicenter of the disease hosted a mass banquet for tens of thousands of people; millions began traveling through for Lunar New Year celebrations.

President Xi Jinping warned the public on the seventh day, Jan. 20. But by that time, more than 3,000 people had been infected during almost a week of public silence, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press and expert estimates based on retrospective infection data.

That delay from Jan. 14 to Jan. 20 was neither the first mistake made by Chinese officials at all levels in confronting the outbreak, nor the longest lag, as governments around the world have dragged their feet for weeks and even months in addressing the virus.

But the delay by the first country to face the new coronavirus came at a critical time — the beginning of the outbreak. China’s attempt to walk a line between alerting the public and avoiding panic set the stage for a pandemic that has infected almost 2 million people and taken more than 126,000 lives.

“This is tremendous,” said Zuo-Feng Zhang, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “If they took action six days earlier, there would have been much fewer patients and medical facilities would have been sufficient. We might have avoided the collapse of Wuhan’s medical system.”

Call it the Wuhan Virus. Call it the Chinese Coronavirus. Or most accurately and least provocatively, call it SARS-CoV-2. The plain fact is that the one regime most responsible for propagating the present coronavirus is in Beijing. That should not be surprising, to Donald Trump or the rest of us.

Share |

No comments:

  The Atlantic’s David Frum reminds us that on Tuesday   the presidents of Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, and MIT were caught ...