china's a real villian!!! not a peep!!!

  1. Yak
    13,672 Posts.
    If the US did this the usual looney tunes would be in full cry.

    Instead they say nary a word.

    And, I ask you...... just how irresponsible and villanous is this friggin country????

    Whilst the rest of the world panics and takes unbelievable measures to try and contain what may be the next pandemic to sweep this planet and kill untold millions of people - China's busy covering things up.

    Criminal!

    China admits 339 SARS cases
    April 20, 2003

    CHINA has admitted there were 339 SARS cases in Beijing, an additional 402 "suspected" cases and that 18 people had died from the virus in the capital.

    Prior to the announcement, authorities had claimed there were just 44 cases in Beijing with four fatalities.

    Of the 339 confirmed cases five were foreigners, although their nationalities were not mentioned. The nationwide death toll from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was raised to 79 with 1807 confirmed cases of the illness, as of April 18.

    So far 1165 patients have recovered, including 33 in Beijing.

    Vice health minister Gao Qiang told a press conference that the State Council had dispatched a team to every hospital in Beijing to tally the real number of cases.

    This type of investigation, however, has yet to be carried out anywhere else in China, where SARS cases are dribbling in day by day.


    "The State Council on April 15 sent an inspection team to Beijing city ... and went to each and every hospital and registered each and every patient," he said.

    China came clean after intense international pressure, particularly from the World Health Organisation, which last week accused the government of covering up the extent of SARS in the capital.

    Gao said of the total, 353 people were being treated in military hospitals, 235 in local hospitals and 153 in "other" hospitals.

    More than 70 hospitals across the capital had patients, he added.

    A health ministry statement gave three explanations as to why the extent of the epidemic had not been reported before.

    It said SARS was a new disease and it had proven difficult to come up with a diagnosis, and that Beijing had a lot of hospitals and patients were scattered across the city.

    But it also admitted the health ministry did not prepare well enough.

    "After SARS erupted, the health ministry did not establish a unified system for collecting, compiling and reporting data on the epidemic in a timely fashion," said Gao.

    "These problems with our work should be honestly redressed and we should draw experiences and lessons from this and effectively improve our work."

    President Hu Jintao and other top leaders on Thursday stepped into the growing crisis over China's handling of the outbreak, demanding all levels of government fully report the crisis.

 
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