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An explosive UK documentary has revealed covert footage of Chinese doctors admitting they were pressured by government officials to keep quiet about the spread of the coronavirus.
ITV investigation, which aired today, showed how some high-level doctors in Wuhan were forced to remain silent on the transmission of the virus from person to person.

Health officials knew that the coronavirus was killing people in December 2019, long before the Chinese New Year celebrations in late January 2020, when the world’s most populous country was preparing for extensive domestic travel.

Chinese women dressed in the traditional costume known as Hanfu tour the Forbidden City, which recently reopened to limited visitors, in Beijing, China
Chinese women dressed in traditional costume known as Hanfu walk through the Forbidden City in Beijing, China (Getty / Kevin Frayer)
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for a dinner marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.  Xi renewed his government's pledge to allow Hong Kong to run its own affairs amid ongoing anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for a dinner marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Xi renewed his government’s pledge to allow Hong Kong to run its own affairs amid ongoing anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (AP)
The doctors told the documentary about an alleged Chinese government Cover-up since the start of the pandemic, which began to sweep across the world in February last year, causing more than 2 million deaths so far.

“We knew that this virus was transmitted from person to person. But when we attended a meeting at the hospital, they told us not to say anything,” said a doctor.

“The provincial leaders told the hospitals not to tell the truth.”

Chinese doctors said authorities knew that the New Year celebrations in January “would accelerate the spread of the virus.”

“People suggested at the city level that it should not go ahead, but did so because such an event would present a harmonious and prosperous society,” the doctor said.

Last year, the Chinese New Year fell on January 25.

The documentary presented evidence that the virus was spreading through China between January 5 and 17, but how no new cases were officially reported in the country during that 12-day period.

A doctor from the Taiwan Infectious Disease Treatment and Prevention Network was interviewed by ITV, and detailed his attempts to visit Wuhan for answers at the start of the pandemic.

Medical staff transport patients to Jin Yintan Hospital in Wuhan, Hubei, China.  Local authorities have confirmed that a third person has died of a pneumonia-like virus since the outbreak began in December.
Medical staff transport patients to Jin Yintan Hospital in Wuhan, Hubei, China. Local authorities have confirmed that a third person has died of a pneumonia-like virus since the outbreak began in December. (Getty)
Medical staff work in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a designated hospital for COVID-19 patients in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, on Monday, February 24, 2020. There are still more than 9,000 COVID-19 patients in critical condition in China by Monday - PHOTOGRAPH BY Feature China / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (photo credit should read Feature China / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Medical staff work in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a designated hospital for COVID-19 patients in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, Monday, February 24, 2020 (Report China / Barcroft Media via Getty Images). (Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, verifies the treatment of hospitalized patients at the monitoring center and talks to the medical staff on duty through a video link at Beijing Ditan Hospital in Beijing, capital of China, on February 10, 2020. Xi on Monday inspected novel coronavirus pneumonia prevention and control work in Beijing.  (Photo by Xie Huanchi / Xinhua v
Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, verifies the treatment of hospitalized patients at the monitoring center and talks to the medical staff on duty through a video link at Beijing Ditan Hospital in Beijing, capital of China, on Feb.10, 2020. (Xinhua News Agency / Getty Images)

Dr. Yin-Ching Chuang said that the key question he wanted answered was whether there was person-to-person transmission.

He said that, once in Wuhan, he repeatedly received frustratingly obtuse responses.

“While we were in the meeting, we asked a lot of questions, but reluctantly they finally came out and said, ‘Limited person-to-person transmission cannot be ruled out.’

Dr. Chuang said that China should have informed the world long before that humans spread the virus.

A virologist Sir Paul Nurse, director of the Francis Crick Institute, compared the rapid spread of COVID-19 to an Australian bush fire.

“What could have taken two, three, four, five years to spread a couple hundred years ago, can spread in 24 hours, it’s really like a bush fire in the Australian outback,” he said.

Australia recorded its first coronavirus cases on January 25, one case in Victoria and three in New South Wales.

Less than a week later, on February 1, travelers from China were barred from entering Australia.

On February 27, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the outbreak will turn into a pandemic.


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