Several clues in Wuhan have been discovered that indicate the outbreak of the CCP Virus (Coronavirus) was far wider spread than previously thought.
World Health Organization (WHO) investigators have requested urgent access to hundreds of thousands of blood samples. However, the CCP has so far refused to release them.
Investigator Peter Ben Embarek said in an interview with CNN that signs of more than a dozen strains of the virus had existed in Wuhan by December.
“The virus was circulating widely in Wuhan in December, which is a new finding … We haven’t done any modeling of that since … But we know … in big ballpark figures … out of the infected population, about 15 percent end up severe cases, and the vast majority are mild cases,” Embarek told CNN.
There was enough proof to show more than a dozen strains of the virus were active in Wuhan in December 2019. However, investigators have not concluded how those 13 strains could have impacted the disease before December.
Of the 174 cases examined from December, the team estimates at least 1,000 were infected at that time.
A man in his forties is the first known case; he was reported on December 8 and had no travel history.
After examining the partial genetic material of early coronavirus cases during their investigation, the team gathered 13 different genetic sequences of the virus from Dec. 2019. When examined together with patient data from the year, it could provide clues as to the viral outbreak’s timing and geography before December.
The WHO team in China faces issues with local authorities, and they are being prevented from conducting a thorough investigation. The 174 cases the team has examined are not what’s considered raw patient data.
This data is only a summary of patient conditions, put together by Chinese medical staff, making it a third-party observation.
Authorities have refused a request to examine the raw data.
Jake Sullivan, White House National Security Adviser, has raised concerns about how the WHO investigation has been carried out in China.
“It is imperative that this report be independent, with expert findings free from intervention or alteration by the Chinese government (Chinese Communist Party) … To better understand this pandemic and prepare for the next one, China must make available its data from the earliest days of the outbreak,” Sullivan said in a statement.