Coronavirus Pandemic: Updates Worldwide

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Employees produce face masks on a production line at a Hangzhou Yijia Textile Co., Ltd. workshop in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, April 23.
Employees produce face masks on a production line at a Hangzhou Yijia Textile Co., Ltd. workshop in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, April 23. Wang Gang / China News Service / Getty Images

The Chinese government has intentionally concealed the seriousness of COVID-19 from the international community while storing imports and reducing exports, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security, according to an administration official familiar with the report.

“China has probably reduced its exports of medical supplies before its January notification by the WHO (World Health Organization) that COVID-19 is a contagion,” said the report, the source said.

The report, which assessed export and import data earlier this year, was released to the federal government on Friday, the source said.

The DHS assessment also indicates that “in communications, China has intentionally concealed its business activity by publicly denying that it has ever imposed an export ban on masks and other medical supplies,” the source said.

The results were assessed as “moderate confidence,” the source told CNN, noting that the report does not conclude whether the Chinese government’s actions were harmful. It is reasonable to conclude that on the basis of the epidemic, before it is declared a pandemic, China would recognize key measures to determine the need for personal protective equipment, the source said.

The United States must “be aware of” what are you doing about it? “,” Said the source. “Is this a trigger that propels the industry here? Will there be enough stock “in the future? questioned the source.

China has access to a wide range of raw materials needed to set up a production line for products needed for the Covid-19 pandemic, the source said, be they surgical gowns, masks or glasses.

“They have a strong manufacturing capacity and workforce that can quickly speed up manufacturing,” said the source.

ABC first reported the existence of the report.

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