Germany’s federal intelligence reported that Chinese leader Xi Jinping personally requested the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to suppress news about the Wuhan coronavirus during the early day’s of the outbreak.
According to the German intelligence agency BND, during a conversation with WHO chief on January 21, Xi asked not to announce, that the virus could be transmitted between humans and to delay any declaration of a coronavirus pandemic.
The WHO declared the Covid19 outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on January 30
“It took until the end of January before the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak needed to receive international attention.”
WHO kept warning about the possibility of a pandemic but officially declared coronavirus infections as a pandemic on March 11.
“Because of China’s delay, the world wasted four to six weeks it could have used better to counter the virus from spreading,” the BND concluded.
WHO declines the allegation and said WHO chief and Xi didn’t have any conversation on January 21.
“Der Spiegel reports of a January 21, 2020, telephone conversation between Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and President Xi Jingping of China are unfounded and untrue,” – WHO said.
Reacting to this china said, the country has done a great job and had saved time which had been wasted by governments in other countries.