China. Xi had early knowledge of coronavirus severity, speech shows

مشاهدة
أخر تحديث : dimanche 16 février 2020 - 7:44
China. Xi had early knowledge of coronavirus severity, speech shows

China has announced a drop in new virus cases for the third straight day, as state media released a speech by President Xi Jinping that indicated the country’s leadership was aware of the potential gravity of the outbreak far before the Chinese public was informed

In the early days of the epidemic, which has been one of the biggest political challenges of Xi’s tenure, the president seemed to play a muted role, partly fuelling criticism of the government’s approach to the outbreak. But during a speech Xi delivered February 3, which was published by state media on Saturday, he said he gave instructions on fighting the virus as early as January 7

It was not until late January that officials said the virus could spread between humans and public alarm began to rise

In the address, Xi said he ordered the shutdowns at the epicentre: On January 22, in light of the epidemic’s rapid spread and the challenges of prevention and control, I made a clear request that Hubei province implement comprehensive and stringent controls over the outflow of people

On January 23, Wuhan became the first city to impose an unprecedented halt on outbound transportation

The publication of the speech could be a sign the government hopes to demonstrate it was acting decisively from the beginning of the outbreak. It has been dealing with public anger, which reached a peak earlier this month following the death of Li Wenliang, a young doctor who was reprimanded by local police for trying to spread a warning about the virus. He ended up dying of the disease himself

In an apparent response to the outrage, the ruling Communist Party’s top officials in Hubei and Wuhan were axed and replaced last week

The disclosure also opens Xi up to criticism over why the general population was not alerted sooner. Trust in the government’s approach to outbreaks remains fractured after the SARS epidemic of 2002 and 2003, which was covered up for months

SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES

رابط مختصر

أضـف تـعـلـيق 0 تـعـلـيـقـات

* الإسم
* البريد الألكتروني
* حقل مطلوب

البريد الالكتروني لن يتم نشره في الموقع

شروط النشر:

عدم الإساءة للكاتب أو للأشخاص أو للمقدسات أو مهاجمة الأديان أو الذات الالهية. والابتعاد عن التحريض الطائفي والعنصري والشتائم.

ان كل ما يندرج ضمن تعليقات القرّاء لا يعبّر بأي شكل من الأشكال عن آراء اسرة World Opinions | فضاء الآراء الالكترونية وهي تلزم بمضمونها كاتبها حصرياً.