By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : May 15, 2020 19:55 IST
China reveals detail of the pandemic, deny all allegations of covering outbreak

China last month denied all the allegations regarding the overly cozy relationship with the World Health Organization and covering up of the Corona outbreak in the country. The country in a press conference revealed the details about spread of pandemic and denied the allegations of  keeping the world in dark regarding the pandemic and knowingly spreading the virus around the globe.

Rejecting the allegations and briefing the details of pandemic

China rejected the American intelligence community’s conclusion that Beijing concealed the extent of the coronavirus epidemic, and accused the U.S. of seeking to shift the blame for its own handling of the outbreak. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying defended China stateing China's response as 'open and transparent'  to the virus first identified in December in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. US President Donald Trump has questioned China's handling of the pandemic and whether it had been completely transparent since the virus emerged in the central city of Wuhan late last year.

Zeng Yixin, vice minister of the National Health Commission, at a press briefing in Beijing on Friday stated that, while Chinese officials knew that there were signs of human-to-human transmission earlier, it was hard to ascertain the new virus’s level of contagiousness. There are diseases like HIV that while infectious, are not easily transmitted from person to person.

It was only on Jan. 19 that Chinese scientists concluded that the virus spreads easily among people and China released that information to the world the next day, said Zeng. Giving detail of the events since the crisis began, Zeng said that China concluded on Jan. 9 that it was dealing with a novel coronavirus and began developing test kits the next day. On Jan. 12, it informed the World Health Organization about the outbreak. On Jan. 14, a national meeting of provincial health officials was held. 'Many uncertainties remained. We understood there’s more research needed on human-to-human transmission and we couldn’t rule out the chance of a further spread of the virus. But we couldn’t reach conclusions to many questions,' spoke Zeng.

The pandemic has revived tensions between the world’s two largest economies.The disputes between China and the U.S. are escalating from visas to supply chains as the two countries continue blaming each other regarding the origins of the virus, a mystery that global experts are trying to solve.

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