Chinese leader Xi Jinping is confident the raging coronavirus epidemic racing through China is under control, but is that just typical Communist rhetoric?
On Jan. 28, Xi had a meeting with the head of the World Health Organization. He maintains he has full control of the novel coronavirus, and said right from the beginning, “I have been in command” of the situation. Xi made the remarks when meeting with visiting World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
“The epidemic is a devil. We will not let it hide,” said Xi.
However, the facts don’t quite add up, as officials in China have concealed the truth about the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan from as early as the beginning of December. By the beginning of January, the number of cases had increased to the extent the government couldn’t hide it any longer.
By Jan. 28, the number of confirmed cases in China had jumped to 4,515, up from 2,744 on Jan. 26, an alarming 60 percent increase. Those figures, though ‘official’ are considered by many to be far from the truth.
Because Chinese citizens were not informed about the seriousness and size of the outbreak, many had contracted the infection and were unknowingly spreading it to thousands, as the infection is possible for the victim to pass on without having any symptoms. To complicate the situation, Chinese New Year had just begun, when millions working in cities travel home for the holidays, it is the only chance most of them get to be with their families. This has made the spread of the coronavirus much more widespread.
China has now instigated the largest quarantine in human history, 50 million people are in lockdown in 17 cities, in a desperate attempt to contain the coronavirus.
It wasn’t until cases of the virus began to be identified in cities other than Wuhan that the Communist regime admitted there was a problem and decided to quarantine the inhabitants of Wuhan. Although there are 11 million living in Wuhan, almost half of them fled the city before the lockdown was put into place.
Wuhan’s mayor, Zhou Xianwang, said on Sunday that some 5 million people left the city during the Lunar New Year travel rush, raising new fears of a global pandemic, reports the New York Post.
They left for Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, and Japan, as well as other parts of China, the South China Morning Post reported.
Zhou admitted on state TV that the city’s response to the crisis was “not good enough” and offered his resignation. He admitted he was prevented from releasing the information about the viral infection on orders from Beijing, as they hadn’t given approval for the public to know.
It created anger and unrest among citizens, as they were left in the dark about the seriousness of the outbreak.
President Trump has offered help from the United States to help control the growing crisis, although so far the number of cases in the United States stands at 8, with 14,637 worldwide. Most of those infected are Hubei Province, China.
“We are in very close communication with China concerning the virus. Very few cases reported in USA, but strongly on watch. We have offered China and President Xi any help that is necessary,” Trump tweeted. “Our experts are extraordinary!”
It is interesting that the most powerful figure in the Chinese Communist Party, Xi head of the atheist political cult, would make reference to “a devil.” Members of the Communist Party of China must be “unyielding Marxist atheists,” so reference to satan would seem puzzling.
Communist Party members are prohibited from holding religious beliefs. Devotion to the Party must be absolute. The Disciplinary Regulations of the Chinese Communist Party has been revised, and the level of punishment for Party members with religious belief or sympathies has been increased.