New Study Adds to Mounting Evidence China Covered-Up COVID-19
Blood samples reveal coronavirus was on American soil as early as December 2019
A new study has emerged that shows COVID-19 had spread globally before it was even acknowledged, adding to the mounting evidence that the Communist Party of China (CPC) covered up the coronavirus.
Blood samples revealed this week that traces of the virus were found in people in the United States as early as December 2019 - months before China announced its existence.
The news adds to the existing evidence that COVID was also circulating in Italy, Brazil, and France before the Chinese government revealed it and that it was already spreading in the UK and Spain before testing even existed.
The studies cast more shadows over the truth about the pandemic and are fuelling deeper suspicions of a cover-up by Beijing.
Claims the global outbreak originated from a livestock market in Wuhan last winter have now crumbled in the face of scientific evidence.
Studies now prove the virus was all over the Western world weeks and even months before China declared the first cases to the World Health Organization (WHO) on December 31.
Research published on Monday revealed that 39 blood samples taken between December 13 and 16 last year in California, Oregon, and Washington state had tested positive for Covid antibodies, meaning the people who gave them had been infected weeks earlier.
The evidence is the earliest trace so far of the virus on US soil, and a further 67 samples from between December 30 and January 17 tested positive in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.
It adds to a growing body of proof that the virus had spread thousands of miles outside of China long before its existence was acknowledged.
The blood samples for the US study were taken at around the time China was "first realizing" it had a disease outbreak has now confirmed the virus was already spreading in some states before last Christmas.
Blood collected by the Red Cross between December 13, 2019, and January 17, 2020, was later sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be tested for antibodies to coronavirus.
Scientists in Italy say they now have proof the virus was there in September 2019, traces of it were found in Brazil in November, a French hospital patient had it in his lungs in December, and the virus was present in sewage in Spain in January.
Officials in China raised the alarm about 27 cases of the disease – which at the time they said was an unknown type of pneumonia – on December 31, 2019, although leaked documents have since proven they had recorded infections in Wuhan at least as early as November 17.
The first officially announced victim of COVID-19 was announced on January 11, and the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency on January 31.
Documents leaked to CNN in the US show that China had kept thousands of coronavirus cases unreported during February as the pandemic spiraled out of control, on some days confirming fewer than half the number of infections that internal documents suggested had happened.
China has come under repeated fire since January over its apparent covering up of the true extent of coronavirus's spread in the country, including how many people caught the virus and when it started happening.
Allegations that Chinese officials covered up the country's epidemic have come from all sides since the virus was confirmed to have spread worldwide in January.
A leading Chinese virologist confirmed in July that Wuhan's officials did cover up the scale of the initial outbreak.
Professor Yuen Kwok-Yung, who visited the former coronavirus epicenter in January to help diagnose cases, told BBC that local authorities destroyed physical evidence and provided a "slow" response to clinical findings.
"I do suspect that they have been doing some cover-up locally at Wuhan," he said.
"The local officials who are supposed to immediately relay the information has not allowed this to be done as readily as it should."
The 63-year-old scientist said in June that the real number of COVID-19 infections in Hubei, the state that contains Wuhan, could have already been as high as 2.2million – 32 times the government's official toll.
Despite being ground zero for the pandemic, the communist dictatorship has still only declared 93,000 cases and 4,700 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
This compares to 1.6m cases in the UK and 13.7m in the US.
Commenting on discrepancies in China's numbers, the Council on Foreign Relations's Yanzhong Huang told CNN: "It was clear they did make mistakes - and not just mistakes that happen when you're dealing with a novel virus - also bureaucratic and politically-motivated errors in how they handled it."
Trying to save face politically is thought to have been a driver behind the country's delay in publicly announcing it had found the disease.
Documents suggest it was first discovered in mid-November but not confirmed until the end of December.
Almost 64 million people worldwide have been officially diagnosed with the coronavirus since the pandemic began, although the total is known to be considerably higher, and around 1.5 million have died.