There has been controversy recently about what to call the virus that has unleashed a worldwide pandemic. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) prefers “novel coronavirus.” Others have referred to it as the “Wuhan virus,” after its place of origin, as is common in naming diseases.
The Epoch Times suggests a more accurate name is the “CCP virus,” and calls upon others to join us in adopting this name.
The name holds the CCP accountable for its wanton disregard of human life and consequent spawning of a pandemic that has put untold numbers in countries around the world at risk, while creating widespread fear and devastating the economies of nations trying to cope with this disease.
After all, CCP officials knew in early December that the virus had appeared in Wuhan, but they sat on the information for six weeks. They arrested those who tried to warn of the danger, accusing them of spreading “rumors,” and employed the regime’s rigorous censorship to prevent media coverage and to delete any mentions of it from social media.
What might have been contained was allowed silently to spread, showing up in all of China. Individuals who might have protected themselves became victims, in numbers far greater than the CCP has admitted. By late January, there were reports that all of the crematoria in Wuhan were operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week to deal with the crush of dead bodies.
Medical workers in overalls stretch a patient under intensive care into the newly built Columbus Covid 2 temporary hospital at the Gemelli hospital in Rome on March 16, 2020. (Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images)
Meanwhile, the measures taken to quarantine and treat the population of Wuhan were grotesquely inhumane. Apartment buildings were welded shut. Temporary “hospitals” were created that actually served as jails for those believed to be sick with the virus. Locked into these places with no medical treatment and little food, the unfortunates were trapped there until death.
In lying about the danger facing China, the CCP was acting according to its usual script. The CCP’s dominant narrative is that the Party is “great, glorious, and correct.” The presence of the deadly CCP virus in Wuhan, or, in 2003, of the SARS virus, doesn’t fit the script. As with SARS, the first response was denial.
But in dealing with this virus, denial is not acceptable. The world needs to know its origin, and the CCP has refused to cooperate. Outside experts have not been allowed into Wuhan.
And there is understandable concern about the activities of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, China’s only P4 lab, one meant for working with easily transmitted pathogens that can cause fatal illness. As the official narratives offered for the source of the virus have been disproven, questions have been raised about whether the CCP virus leaked from the institute.
In any case, as questions about the origin of the virus have gone unanswered, the CCP has begun throwing out wild charges that the United States is responsible. This will be met around the world with perplexity, if not ridicule. President Donald Trump has pushed back by referring to the “Chinese virus.”
The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.
But the CCP likely intends these charges of U.S. responsibility for its domestic audience. The CCP has victimized the Chinese people in its first denial of the virus and now seeks to victimize them again by shifting responsibility for its actions to others.
And this points out why the name “CCP virus” is needed, to distinguish the victims from the victimizer. The people of Wuhan and of China are the victims of the CCP’s arrogance and incompetence, expressed in this viral pandemic.
The name CCP virus also sounds a warning: Those nations and individuals close to the CCP are the ones suffering the worst effects from this virus, as is seen in the raging infections in the CCP’s close ally Iran and in Italy, the only G-7 nation to sign onto the Belt and Road Initiative. Taiwan and Hong Kong, which have rejected the CCP—Taiwan in a recent landslide national election and Hong Kong in months of massive demonstrations—have had relatively few infections.
Finally, the CCP virus reminds the people of the world that the source of the virus is itself evil. This is a communist virus, and with the name CCP virus, The Epoch Times reminds the world of the cure: ending the CCP.
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The documents include four reports from the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, which were statistical data sheets about diagnostic test results in the city on March 14.
The data showed that there were 91 newly diagnosed patients in Wuhan on March 14. China’s National Health Commission only reported four cases for that date.
Meanwhile, two residential compounds in Wuhan posted notices to alert their residents that there were people living there who were diagnosed with the CCP virus on March 19—another indication that the Chinese regime is concealing the epidemic’s true scale.
The documents showed that for March 14, the city collected samples from 43 of the city’s virus testing agencies: 32 hospitals and 11 labs.
One data set recorded the details of each test, including names (which were redacted), ID number, age, gender, when and where the samples were collected, the number of times the person has been tested, which agency tested the sample, and the latest test result (positive or negative).
A screenshot showing part of the dataset from the Wuhan health commission, with names and ID numbers redacted. (Provided to The Epoch Times)
In total, the city tested 16,234 samples on March 14, most of them collected on March 13. Of those, 373 were positive.
Among the positives, 91 samples were first-time positives.
In Wuhan, samples are only taken from a throat swab. Thus, these 91 samples can be understood as 91 new patients.
For example, the sample named WX2023027216 belongs to a 53-year-old man. He is currently being isolated at a quarantine center in Dongxihu district. His sample was picked up on March 13 and tested at the Wuhan Adicon Clinical Laboratory on March 14.
This was his first test for the CCP virus, which came back positive.
Among the positive samples, 51 were from relay stations, which are newly set up facilities in Wuhan after the regime closed down makeshift hospitals. Such field hospitals, set up inside stadiums, expo centers, and large gyms, were recently shut down after authorities claimed that there were fewer patients, and thus no need for them.
These relay stations are now used to isolate patients who have recovered and were discharged from hospitals—for medical observation, as some patients have relapsed upon discharge.
For example, sample 20S6338599 belonged to a 44-year-old man who was staying at the Changjiang Xincheng Relay Station. This facility has a capacity of 1,260 beds and is located in Jiang’an district.
Medical workers (dressed in protective suits) check patients who recovered from COVID-19 as they arrive to be tested again at a hospital in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, on March 14, 2020. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)
Though China has reported no new domestic diagnoses since March 18, local residential compounds tell a different story.
On March 20, residents living in Qiaokou district in Wuhan posted photos of a notice released by the Hanjiadun Street neighborhood committee.
The committee stated, “Last night [on March 19], there were new diagnosed cases reported from the Lishuikangcheng residential compound.”
Another notice from the committee stated, “A resident from Building 12 of Lishuikangcheng was diagnosed [on March 19].”
The Meigui Xiyuan neighborhood committee in Hanyang district, also in Wuhan, released a notice to residents on March 20, stating that two fellow residents who live at Unit 116 were diagnosed with the virus on March 19.
Meanwhile, medical workers are still greatly needed in Wuhan.
Though Chinese state-run media reported that 3,675 medical staff left Wuhan after being dispatched there to help treat the large number of patients in the city, state-run newspaper Guang Ming Daily reported on March 19 that 453 doctors and nurses from Zhejiang Province were asked to support the Wuhan Union Hospital immediately.
According to China’s National Health Commission, by March 8, 42,600 medical staff had been sent to Wuhan and other cities in Hubei Province to treat COVID-19 patients.
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