Newly-released data shows China likely aware of COVID-19 outbreak in summer of 2019

by mcardinal

Chris Lange, FISM News


China significantly ramped up spending on pathogen test equipment well before publicly acknowledging the COVID-19 outbreak in its Hubei Province, according to a newly-released report.

Data compiled by Internet 2.0, an Australian cybersecurity company, reveals that the Chinese government made “notable significant and abnormal” purchases of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests in 2019, three times more than it did in the previous year.

Researchers say that the virus was likely discovered in Wuhan as early as August of 2019. China, however, did not publicly acknowledge the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan until the end of December in 2019.

“We have come to the conclusion that based on the data analyzed it suggests the virus was highly likely to be spreading virulently in Wuhan, China as early as the summer of 2019 and definitely by the early autumn,” the report states.

The discovery of China’s soaring expenditures on PCR equipment was made during an open-source examination of PCR test contracts by the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the Liberation Army Airborne Army Hospital, the Hubei Province Districts Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Wuhan University of Science and Technology.

The report shows that China’s “out of trend” PCR purchases were “due to an event like the emergence of COVID-19,” adding that the findings “challenge existing assumptions around when the pandemic began.” The report concludes with, “[W]e assess with high confidence that the pandemic began much earlier than China informed the WHO about COVID-19.” 

China has repeatedly denied engaging in a massive cover-up of information about the origins of COVID-19. The communist regime has also denied accusations that it delayed reporting on the Wuhan outbreak and later provided false data on the number of deaths from the disease.

The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission first reported discovering an outbreak of the virus on December 31, 2019. The World Health Organization did not publish an advisory on the deadly virus until January 5, 2020, then waited until Jan. 20 to send experts to Wuhan after consulting with Beijing.

Both China and the WHO have faced intense criticism from the international community for their failed responses to COVID-19, including their lack of transparency concerning the virus and refusal to seriously probe the origins of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.