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Not China, our office in Beijing alerted of looming crisis: WHO

July 05, 2020 05:44 AM

COURTESY HT JULY 5

Not China, our office in Beijing alerted of looming crisis: WHO
Geneva : The World Health Organization has updated its account of the early stages of the coronavirus crisis to say it was alerted by its own office in China, and not by China itself, to the first pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan, that were later confirmed as Sars-CoV-2 infections.

The UN health body has been accused by US President Donald Trump of failing to provide the information needed to stem the pandemic and of being complacent towards Beijing, charges it denies.

On April 9, WHO published an initial timeline of its communications, partly in response to criticism of its early response to the outbreak. In that chronology, WHO had said only that the Wuhan municipal health commission in the province of Hubei had on December 31 reported cases of pneumonia. It did not however specify who had notified it.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on April 20 the first report had come from China, without specifying who had sent the report. But a new chronology, published this week, offers a more detailed version of events

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