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Throughout late November and early December, hospitals across Wuhan reported dozens of cases of the mystery illness.
By December 20th, 60 people had contracted the virus, including family members in close contact with Huanan workers, but who did not have direct exposure to the market. This was an early sign of human-to-human transmission.
By December 25th, medical staff at two different hospitals in Wuhan were quarantined after contracting the virus, a second clear and early sign of human-to human transmission.
In accordance with the 2005 International Health Regulations, the CCP government should have notified WHO within 24 hours of the discovery of the outbreak, but it did not do so as required.
On December 31st, Chinese media reports of an outbreak of atypical pneumonia cases began to appear online. A machine translation of one such report was posted on the website for the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED), a “U.S.-based open-access platform for early intelligence about infectious disease outbreaks.”
According to Dr. Michael Ryan, the Executive Director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Program, this post on ProMed is how the WHO found out about the outbreak:
On 31st December information on our epidemic intelligence from open-source platform partners, PRO-MED, was received indicating a signal of a cluster of pneumonia cases in China. That was from open sources from Wuhan.
On the same day we had a request from health authorities in Taiwan and the message referred to, news sources indicated at least seven atypical pneumonia cases reported in Wuhan media… That request was sent immediately, on the same day, to our country office for follow-up with Chinese authorities and on 1st January we formally requested verification of the event under the [International Health of these reports from the PRC’s government.]
Despite public reporting to the contrary, the PRC never notified the WHO about the outbreak in Wuhan.
On July 2, 2020，the Washington Free Beacon reported China Never Reported Existence of Coronavirus to World Health Organization.The quiet admission from the international health organization, which posted an “updated” timeline to its website on June 30, flies in the face of claims from some of its top officials, including WHO director general Tedros Adhanom. He maintained for months that China had informed his organization about the emerging sickness.
Contrary to claims from both Chinese officials and the World Health Organization, China did not report the existence of the coronavirus in late 2019, according to a WHO New timeline tracking the spread of the virus. Rather, international health officials discovered the virus through information posted to a U.S. website.[Related articles]
The WHO did not make public its knowledge of the outbreak in Wuhan until January 4th, when it issued two tweets.