Reporter Claims Authorities ‘Hiding’ 300 Coronavirus Cases & 1 Death In Shanghai

Thursday, February 13, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Thu, 02/13/2020

Summary:

Japan reports first virus death
President Xi says China will minimize impact from virus
Chinese leadership scapegoats local officials
Death toll and case count soared last night: There are more than 60k cases worldwide, and more than 1300 deaths
EIA joins OPEC in warning about upcoming drop in oil use, the first in a decade.
HHS Secretary says CDC will announce another confirmed COVID-19 case in US on Thursday
21 people in Spain released from quarantine
US admin reportedly questioning China’s reporting
White House reportedly “doubts” China’s coronavirus numbers
CDC warns more infections possible after first US case confirmed in Texas (15th overall)
2 Russian women attempt escape from quarantine
EU could close border if outbreak worsens
Kudlow says US “disappointed” in China virus response
Shanghai reports 300+ more cases
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Update (1400ET): President Trump just reportedly said during a radio interview that he believes China is handling the outbreak “professionally.”

This after a slew of frustrated messages from his administration and officials including Larry Kudlow.

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Update (1320ET): Following last night’s admission that local officials in Wuhan were undercounting the number of cases, a reporter appears to have found evidence that more than 300 unreported cases are active in Shanghai, as well as 1 previously unreported death.

#BREAKING: Shanghai has banned people and cars from entering the city starting at 00:00 on February 14 in order to put the #CoronavirusOutbreak under control. At least 300 cases of such infection have been confirmed in Shanghai. And at least one died from the disease in the city. pic.twitter.com/h8AKfTxAPK

— Ezra Cheung (@ezracheungtoto) February 13, 2020

So China is tightening the lockdown in Shanghai to hide the truth about the outbreak? That’s unconfirmed for now.

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Update(1250ET): Not long after reports claimed the White House is widely skeptical of Chinese numbers, Trump’s top economic advisor Larry Kudlow appeared on television to say the US is “disappointed” in how China has handled the virus response, and that the Trump administration wishes there was more clarity.

Specifically, the US was most hurt by China’s refusal to accept an American team of experts from the CDC, who offered to help.

The US economy would be at 3% growth if not for the virus, he added.

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Update (1230ET): As Beijing insists that it’s safe for foreign nations to soon lift their travel restrictions on China, CNN reports that the European Union is considering closing its borders if the outbreak really escalates.

They cite a Croatian health official, who said the plan is in the works, though he strongly suspects that it won’t be necessary.

The WHO has said that level of restriction isn’t necessary, but that’ hasn’t stopped Russia from closing part of its border and other countries restricting travel by Chinese.

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