- Chinese health authorities downplayed the severity of the novel coronavirus during the early weeks
- Chinese officials initially reported fewer cases that those listed in internal documents
- China had been battling an influenza outbreak during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic
Leaked coronavirus files from China reveal the country mishandled the COVID-19 pandemic by misleading the public in the pandemic’s early days.
An unnamed source provided over 117 pages of internal documents from the Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It showed that local health authorities downplayed the severity of the coronavirus outbreak.
On Feb. 10, Chinese authorities reported 2,478 new coronavirus cases. However, the internal documents showed the country listed a total of 5,918 cases the same day. The figure was never revealed to the public, CNN reported.
The death toll listed in the document also revealed discrepancies. On March 7, Hubei officials reported 2,986