[J.P. Column] Wuhan!Wuhan! Episode 4 − The Lockdown

Author: Jared Peacock

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Truth is stranger than fiction.

Back during The Third World Internet Conference Communist China announced on 17 November 2016 that it had drawn lessons from the 2003 SARS outbreak and established the world’s most extensive epidemic and public health emergency online reporting system to effectively reduce reporting time from local level to national CDC from five days to four hours.[1,2] Chinese netizens jeered at this announcement: “I fear they will try to cover up an outbreak instead of immediately reporting it!”, “it takes four hours to report, but what about if it ends with a reply like ‘message received’…”, “we don’t expect the government to be the global best, we are happy if it does not cheat us.”

The novel coronavirus that broke out three years later proved the netizen’s predications. On 31 December 2019 the national CDC expert team arrived at Wuhan to guide the operations,[3] Wuhan municipal level disease control and government leaders told the media until 19 January 2020 that the novel coronavirus was not highly infectious and it was preventable and controllable.  The deputy chief of Jinyintan Hospital Huang Chaolin expressed that the pneumonia caused by novel coronavirus was largely treatable.[4]  Hubei province on that same day hosted New Year’s army and community interaction meeting during which Hubei provincial Party Secretary Jiang Chaoliang addressed a speech but did not mention one word of the epidemic.[5] The same day, Lude Media stated in live broadcast, based on information and intelligence from Dr. YAN and whistleblowers, three features of the epidemic– human to human transmission, strong mutation, and would soon grow into global pandemic. CCP government realized that the epidemic had reached a level that could no longer be covered up. A day later, on 20 January 2020, Secretary General XI Jinping for the first time issued the highest-level instructions regarding novel coronavirus epidemic,[6] Prime Minister Li Keqiang held State Council meeting with the National Health Commission and labeled novel coronavirus pneumonia as B-class contagious disease under decree of “Infectious Disease Prevention and Treatment Law” with A-class infectious disease preventive and control measures to be implemented.[7] As the CCP central government started to acknowledge the epidemic after closing of the “two conferences” in Hubei province, Wuhan municipal government ended its 6-17 January 2020 12-day “zero case” report.[8] On the early morning of 20 January, Wuhan Municipal Health Commission published its 12th announcement, stating 136 confirmed new cases between 18-19 January. This report had later been deleted from Wuhan Municipal Health Commission website. On 21 January, the national health commission made its first official report on the epidemic.[9] On 24 January 2020, more than 50 days after the first infected patient had been discovered, and after a series of testings and adjustments, the once promised 4-hour epidemic reporting and monitoring system finally went online.[10] Ironically, many medical professionals were not even aware of the existence of such a heavily invested reporting system.[11]

The Whistleblower Movement’s expose and XI Jinping making highest level instructions marked the new phase, bringing Wuhan novel coronavirus outbreak into focus in China and around the world. At 10am on 23 January 2020 the city of Wuhan was officially lockdown. Massive panic occurred. Some people fled the city before lockdown. Some plunged into a frenzy of grabbing supplies. On the evening of 26 January, Wuhan Mayor Zhou Xianwang spoke at Hubei Province People’s Government Novel Coronavirus Epidemic Control press conference that more than five million people had fled Wuhan up till then and nine million people remained in the city.[12] Due to information control and distortion behind the Great Firewall, most Wuhan residents did not realize that the disaster was just beginning.

It often takes a multitude of lies to support one lie. The CCP weaved a vast net of lies which soon started to show cracks, and truths slowly surfaced. According to official numbers dated 29 February 2020, there were 66,907 confirmed cases in Hubei province, 49,122 from Wuhan, and 28,912 remained hospitalized.[13] As of the same reporting day 29 February 2020, 42,000 extra medical staff were sent to Wuhan city and Hubei province including 28,600 nurses.[14] According to the 2015-2020 “Hubei Province Medical and Health Service System Development Plan”, Hubei province had a total number of 443,500 medical and health staff, out of which 127,400 licensed (assistant) doctors and 147,000 registered nurses[15] (this “Plan” document had been deleted from Hubei Province Medical and Health Commission’s website by the time of publishing this article). The math made no sense. On the one hand, with 28,912 hospitalized patients and 42,000 nationwide medical workers in addition to over 100,000 local medical staff (suppose only 10% of them devoted to novel coronavirus rescue efforts), each patient would be cared for by a minimum of three medical staff. On 27 January 2020, deputy governor of Hubei province Yang Yunyan spoke at Novel Coronavirus Infected Pneumonia Epidemic Prevention news conference that Hubei province would prepare 100,000 hospital beds.[16] Regardless, Wuhan city and Hubei province fell into a severe shortage of medical staff and hospital beds.

Citizen journalist Li Zemin who had been “made disappear” calculated based on official numbers that during the 38 days from first confirmed case death since 12 January 2020 to 19 February 2020 the average daily deaths were 40. Under normal circumstances without viral infection, Wuhan had 137 deaths on daily average. Wuhan urban area had 74 crematory furnaces, and each body needed 60 minutes to cremate. That said, on an 8-hour full capacity work day, Wuhan was able to cremate 600 bodies far exceeding the estimated number of deaths.[17] In reality, Wuhan crematory furnaces increased its work load by 4-5 times, letting the furnaces only 2-3 hours of rest per day, and even advertised high wagers to hire “body carriers”.[18] According to the international data provider Windy, on the evening of 8 February 2020, the city of Wuhan was shrouded by a thick layer of SO2, the density of the poisonous agents in the air was far greater than other cities. During the lockdown when factories closed and business activities halted, the extra thickness of SO2 was most likely caused by burning organic matters. It would take tens of thousands of human bodies during a short time period to have caused this level of density in SO2.[19] At the peak of outbreak in mid-February, 40 incinerators had been sent to Wuhan, each incinerator had the capacity to process five tons of organic matters daily.[20] All evidences pointed that the death number in Wuhan during lockdown far exceeded the government’s official number. Citing a frontline Wuhan doctor,[21] “the government sends tens of thousands of medical staff to Wuhan meaning this disease is hard to treat.” “The treatments now are just for easing the patients’ minds.” The outbreak was raging on. Online videos showed people suddenly drop dead on Wuhan streets. The horror was clearly felt.

More shocking evidence came from the Whistleblower Movement. On 3 February 2020, Miles Guo revealed during Warroom Pandemic interview that the real confirmed cases in mainland China was about 1.3 million and deaths exceeded 30,000.[22] This estimate was close to the 24,589 deaths disclosed by Tencent on 1 February.[23] On 6 February, Miles Guo further exposed to War Room Pandemic that the confirmed cases reached 1.5 million and deaths 50,000.[24] On 19 February, between 4-5 million were confirmed infected, and 250,000 bodies cremated.[25] Steve Bannon also exposed that an important Hong Kong person revealed that the actual number of infection cases in Hong Kong till then was 10-20 times of what Hong Kong government reported.[24] On 7 March, Miles Guo reported in his live broadcast a conservative estimate of 5 million infected cases in Hubei, 100,000 died from the infection and another 100,000 possibly died from secondary crisis such as hunger, thus over 200,000 lives were lost. And deaths around China should be no fewer than 500,000.[26] Under CCP’s brutal lockdown and control measures, many residents had no access to food, medicine and life necessities. They lived and died in silence.

Under the relentless coverup of CCP, the exact death number in Wuhan is hard to verify. We cannot fully capture what Wuhan residents went through during lockdown. Like all humanitarian crisis caused by CCP, many deaths were not documented. With lies and inertia, CCP totalitarianism turned what could have been under control into a global pandemic.

(The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of GNEWS.org)

1. 中国建成全球最大疫情直报系统 疫情从基层到国家疾控中心仅4小时, BJNEWS.COM.CN, 17 November 2016

2. 14点速览—中国建全球最大疫情直报系统 疫情上报仅4小时, QQNEWS, 17 November 2016

3. 武汉时间:从专家组抵达到封城的谜之20天, eeo.COM.CN, 7 February 2020

4. 武汉市就新型冠状病毒感染的肺炎综合防控答记者问, CCTV.COM, 19 January 2020

5. 湖北省迎新春军地座谈会举行 蒋超良讲话, 中国共产党新闻网, 20 January 2020

6. 习近平对新型冠状病毒感染的肺炎疫情作出重要指示, 新华社, 20 January 2020

7. 中华人民共和国国家卫生健康委员会公告, 中国政府网, 20 January 2020

8. 武汉12天新增病例空窗期之谜, 第一财经, 26 January 2020

9. 1月21日新型冠状病毒感染的肺炎疫情情况, 中华人民共和国国家卫生健康委员会, 21 January 2020

10. 疫情初期,网络直报系统在武汉为何失灵了?, 澎湃新闻, 15 March 2020

11. 投资7.3亿的传染病网络直报系统因何失灵28天, 财经, 27 February 2020

12. 时代的尘埃:一位武汉基层官员眼中的封城之前八小时, 第一财经, 15 March 2020

13. 截至2月29日24时新型冠状病毒肺炎疫情最新情况, 中华人民共和国国家卫生健康委员会, 1 March 2020

14. 国家卫健委:全国派出4.2万名医务人员驰援湖北, 中国新闻网, 29 February 2020

15. 湖北省医疗卫生服务体系发展规划, 百度百科

16. 湖北省副省长:湖北全省开设床位10万张, 每经网, 27 January 2020

17. 到底死了多少人?挖掘疫情真相的公民记者李泽华被失踪, VOAChinese, 29 February 2020

18. 武漢火化業務暴增4、5倍 二氧化硫爆表疑燒屍, 新唐人亞太台, 10 February 2020

19. 武汉大气出现惊人浓度的二氧化硫 在烧什么?,大纪元, 10 February 2020

20. “移动式焚化炉”进武汉 网民:死多少人?, 大纪元, 19 February 2020

21. 一线医生:中共肺炎都是安慰治疗 没药可治, 大纪元, 19 February 2020

22. 郭文贵先生在武汉死亡人数上都说过什么, Youtube, 2 December 2020

23. 故意泄露真相?腾讯再次误植感染肺炎人数引猜疑, 六度新闻, 1 February 2020

24. Miles Guo’s interview with Stephen K. Bannon on War Room: Pandemic, Covid-19 News/info, 6 February 2020

25. 郭文貴爆中國4-500萬人遭感染 死亡人數達25萬, 自由时报, 20 February 2020

26. 2020年3月7日郭文贵先生直播摘要, GNEWS, 7 March 2020

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