China reportedly hid and is still concealing the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in the country. According to U.S. officials, a classified intelligence report to the White House revealed China intentionally under-reported both the total number of cases and the number of deaths from COVID-19.
According to members of the coronavirus task force, medical experts’ response to the virus was less effective due to incomplete data from the country.
“When you looked at the China data originally and you said, ‘Oh, well, there are 80 million or 20 million people in Wuhan, 80 million people in Hubei’ and they come up with a number of 50,000, you start thinking of this more like SARS than you do this kind of global pandemic,” explained Dr. Deborah Birx.
One recent study found China could have prevented 95 percent of infections if it had acted sooner.
Western officials also believe other countries have failed to accurately report their coronavirus numbers, including Iran, Russia, and North Korea.
In a press conference last week, President Trump said he doubted that the death toll numbers coming out of China were accurate.
This sparked doubt among the American people as well. Now, new revelations seem to confirm that China isn’t being truthful about the numbers.
Thousands of urns awaiting collection in Wuhan, the city that was the first epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, have raised questions about the true scale of the death toll in China.