How do you know they underreported the number of cases, which changes every day? Your source of information, please cite it, otherwise, kindly rein in your anti-China rhetoric on such a serious and tragic matter of which the Chinese are the main casualties.
As reported in SCMP, dated 24th Jan, https://www.scmp.com/news/china/soc…hina-coronavirus-spreads-all-two-34-provinces :-
“Zhong Nanshan, a key figure in China’s response to the devastating 2002-03 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, will lead a group of scientists researching a “joint prevention and control working mechanism”, the Ministry of Science and Technology said.
The 83-year-old respiratory medicine expert was already leading the National Health Commission’s (NHC’s) task force investigating the virus.”
I mean, Zhong Nanshan, with the backing of Xi Jinping, has days ago come out to say there will be transparency in handling the outbreak as reported here https://www.scmp.com/news/china/soc…transparent-about-wuhan-outbreak-virus-expert :-
“Dr Zhong Nanshan, whose team is advising the leadership on how to handle the crisis, told a news conference in Guangzhou on Tuesday that China had not held back information in reporting the outbreak in Wuhan, which has sickened more than 300 people across the country since early December.”
“Zhong cited the involvement of Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, a top infectious-disease expert at the University of Hong Kong, as proof that Chinese leaders understand the importance of transparency in handling the public health emergency.”
Zhong said that Yuen’s participation should help allay concerns among that China would cover up the epidemic or was reluctant to share information.
“There are people in Hong Kong who believed that China would not report the infections truthfully,” Zhong said. “But Professor Yuen has now participated in a number of our major meetings [about the outbreak] including the one chaired by Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan and he (Yuen) had even offered some suggestions in the meetings.”
“He has very good ideas of what’s happening in China,” Zhong added.
“So he has taken part in our highest level of discussions and he has knowledge of how we are handling the situations,” Zhong said. “[This] also enables us to have relatively good cooperation with the authorities in Hong Kong, both in the government and technical levels.”
Regarding criticism that Wuhan had been slow in publicizing information about the outbreak, Zhong defended the municipal government, saying that local officials had tried their best to report suspected cases as fast as possible and that they could only confirm cases after test results had been verified by higher authorities.
More https://www.straitstimes.com/world/…china-efforts-and-transparency-on-wuhan-virus :-
WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Donald Trump thanked China on Friday (Jan 24) for its “efforts and transparency” in tackling a deadly virus that has triggered a vast quarantine in the country.
“China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus,” Trump tweeted, hours after the United States confirmed its second case of the Sars-like virus that has reached half a dozen countries.
“The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency,” he added. “It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”
Personally, I find it strange, even cavalier of you to say, “More tragic is the death of Kobe Bryant”. Why is one famous person’s death any more tragic than that of thousands of other ordinary folks? He died in a helicopter crash, together with eight others who included his daughter. The innocent thousands who died of the coronavirus infection were mostly going about their daily business without even realizing they were exposed to it until it’s too late.
Please, it’s hard enough as it is for the relevant Chinese authority, especially the National Health Commission headed by the 84-year-old Dr Zhong Nanshan to fight the new virus, to maintain transparency and avoid causing unnecessary panic, so any unwarranted rumours is the last thing anybody needs to make the situation worse by creating fear and distrust that convinced the general public to believe the government is downplaying the severity of the outbreak, you can imagine the terrible consequences of that. Don’t underestimate the fear factor which can unnecessarily complicate an already bad situation. Spare a thought for the medical workers who are in the thick of action and risking their lives to save lives.
All citizens must stay calm, stay united to fight the epidemic.