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China’s leaders waited six days after determining a new coronavirus was breaking out in Wuhan before warning citizens of the potential for infection, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday, citing internal documents.
There have been widespread reports that Chinese leaders tried to cover up the outbreak at the beginning and the documents appear to substantiate these claims.
The head of China’s National Health Commission, Ma Xiaowei, told health officials in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital, in a teleconference on Jan. 14 that they were facing a major challenge.
“The epidemic situation is still severe and complex, the most severe challenge since SARS in 2003, and is likely to develop into a major public health event,” a memo about the call cites Ma as saying.
Six days before Chinese officials publicly stated that the coronavirus could be spread between people, the memo said that “clustered cases suggest that human-to-human transmission is possible.”
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[Source: Washington Post]