'Internal Document, Please Keep Confidential’

117 pages of leaked documents reveal that early in the pandemic, China offered the world a partial picture of what they knew and a more optimistic forecast than what was evidenced on the ground.
Despite the virus’s novelty, there was “evidence of clear missteps” and “a pattern of institutional failings” with global consequences.
Glaring Omission: On February 10, Hubei officials reported some 3,900 new COVID-19 cases, but internal reports showed real numbers were more than 50% higher.
Also: The documents reveal a previously undisclosed 20-fold rise in influenza cases in Hubei province during one week in December.

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