15:52 27.07.2020

China slammed for breaking promise to WHO as 'secretive' nation hid coronavirus outbreak

Source: Daily Express
China slammed for breaking promise to WHO as 'secretive' nation hid coronavirus outbreak

CHINA has been slammed by the former Governor of Hong Kong for breaking its promise to the World Health Organisation by failing to report a potential epidemic within 24 hours of its outbreak.

In the BBC's 'China's coronavirus coverup' documentary, Lord Chris Patten said he was surprised at the extent of secrecy the Chinese Communist Party had displayed regarding the initial COVID-19 outbreak. Following the SARS coronavirus crisis the World Health Organisation strengthen early warning rules so that any suspected epidemic should be reported within 24 hours of discovery.

Lord Patten said: "I have been surprised by how even the Chinese Communist Party has been so secretive about it given the experience of SARS.

"Frankly there have been thousands of people who have lost their lives or livelihoods because China did not behave as it had promised it would behave in the International Health regulations."

On January 1 2020 the WHO asked China about the mystery illness in Wuhan.

However, China confirmed the illness two days later and took a further 6 days to reveal it was dealing with a novel coronavirus.

China failed to contain the coronavirus and it spread across the globe in the following weeks and months. 

In March 2020 Europe was named the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The UK was placed in lockdown in March to protect the NHS from being overwhelmed from the deadly coronavirus pandemic.  

Currently, Britain has the tenth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world. 

The UK has more than 300,000 cases in total at the time of writing.

The death toll in Britain is currently more than 45,000.

China has over 83,000 cases of COVID-19 at the time of writing.

The nation has reported under 5,000 deaths as a result of the deadly coronavirus.

Worldwide there have been more than 16.5 million COVID-19 cases.

The death toll has reached more than 650,000.

More than 10,100,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.

The US has the most COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 4.3 million. 

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