UK pulls China from comparison of coronavirus deaths amid hiding allegations


The UK has removed China from a coronavirus table that compares countries by death toll.

It comes amid allegations that Beijing has underreported confirmed infections and deaths, and more evidence that it attempted to cover the epidemic in the early stages.

Charts shared by the government on Friday and Saturday show a global comparison of deaths using deaths in the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Sweden and South Korea.

Previous charts included China, where the epidemic started at the end of last year, but doubts have been cast on the death figures announced by Beijing.

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A global comparison of deaths released during Saturday’s briefing
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Wuhan City revised its death toll up 50% last week after the Chinese government once again denied concealing its management of the epidemic.

Wuhan authorities added 1,290 dead to its death toll, bringing it to 3,869 out of 2,579, and blamed incorrect or delayed reports.

But observers wondered if the death toll was much higher.

The Covid-19 epidemic began in the city of 11 million people and is believed to have originated in a wildlife market linked to a group of early cases.

Police and Chinese authorities have silenced a number of doctors who sounded the alarm early before the rest of the world knew what was going on.

A number of experts, including scientists investigating the origin of the new strain of coronavirus, were also muzzled.

China has been accused of hiding the findings of an expert known as the “Bat Woman” after quickly identifying the genetic makeup of the new strain that has infected millions of people.

Wuhan-based virologist Shi Zhengli is one of the world’s best coronavirus researchers and has discovered dozens of deadly SARS viruses in bat caves.

Chinese whistleblower Dr Li Wenliang dies after contracting coronavirus

She studied samples taken from some of the first people to be infected with the then mysterious new respiratory illness in China in December and found it to be similar to SARS.

It was identified as a new coronavirus and within three days it completed its gene sequencing, finding that it was 96% identical to a virus found in horseshoe bats in Yunnan.

But she was “muzzled” and her team was ordered not to disclose any information about the new disease, which was already spreading rapidly while China kept the world in the dark.

Information about gene sequencing was not made public until a week later.

Medical staff transport patient to Wuhan hospital

On the day the genetic information was mapped, Yanyi Wang, director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, ordered staff not to reveal any information about the disease.

After local doctors were arrested for warning residents of the virus, the director said that “inappropriate and inaccurate information” was causing “general panic”.

She instructed staff not to post any information on social media or speak to the media.

Just over a week later, a team from Shanghai released a sequence on an open access platform after studying samples from an infected patient.

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Their laboratory was closed for “rectification” two days later.

One of the first cases of Covid-19 appeared in mid-December when a patient, who worked at the Wuhan wildlife market, which became the early epicenter of the epidemic, was hospitalized for a double infection. in the city of central China.

The usual flu treatment did not work and new cases soon emerged.

On December 27, Wuhan health officials were informed that the disease was caused by a new coronavirus.

Wuhan-based virologist Shi Zhengli is one of the world’s best coronavirus researchers

Three days later, at least two Wuhan doctors – Li Wenliang and Ai Fen – shared information about the new virus on the social network WeChat.

Li, a whistleblower warned by police to stop “making false comments,” died in February after contracting the virus.

Ai is missing after giving media interviews critical of censorship and Chinese hospital officials for suppressing early warnings of the epidemic.

She told Chinese magazine Renwu or People that she was reprimanded after alerting her bosses and colleagues about the new virus in December.

On December 30, she received laboratory results from a case that said, “SARS coronavirus”.

The next day, Wuhan officials confirmed nearly 30 cases, closed the wildlife market and informed the local World Health Organization office of the mysterious disease.

New cases continued to appear and the epidemic spread outside of China, but for a week in January, health officials in Wuhan insisted they had not received no new patients.

Meanwhile, the first known case outside of China was detected in Thailand and one case was reported in the United States as infected people left Wuhan and surrounding Hubei Province to travel across the country and into the world.

Doctors in protective gear in Wuhan, where the virus was first detected

Chinese officials have insisted that they have seen no “clear evidence” that the virus can spread from person to person.

By that time, they had lost control and hospitals were overwhelmed by the growing number of infected patients.

Within days, Dr. Zhong Nanshan, the country’s foremost respiratory expert and the face of his containment effort, revealed that human transmission was taking place.

Wuhan and several other cities struggling to contain the virus were taken into custody on January 23, a few days before the Lunar New Year holidays, but by that time millions of people had left without being detected.

That day, Shi Zhengli and his research team published their data identifying the disease on a scientific portal before their publication in February by the medical journal Nature.

In the weeks following isolation in Wuhan, the virus quickly spread to and in other countries due to imported cases and community transmission.

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China still censors university research on the origins of the new strain of coronavirus, we learned.

Authorities have reportedly placed new restrictions on the publication of research that may shed new light on how it was passed from animal to human.

All academic articles are subject to additional verification before being submitted for publication.

The studies must be approved by the central government before being shared with the rest of the world, according to online publications deleted since by two Chinese universities.

China, meanwhile, is removing the requirement that a number of key antivirus care products must obtain national regulatory approval before export, as long as they are approved in importing countries, the ministry said. Trade.

Beijing had stipulated such additional approval at home since the end of March, after several European countries complained that the test kits made in China were inaccurate, actually hampering many companies to provide global efforts against the coronavirus pandemic.

The new decision applies to products such as coronavirus tests, medical masks, protective suits, infrared thermometers and ventilators.

Many countries around the world have made efforts to purchase or manufacture sufficient personal protective equipment for medical personnel and carers at risk of infection, as well as tests to detect contagion and identify people who can leave quarantine.


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