As the coronavirus epidemic continues to spiral to the point of crisis, China’s president has promised firm action in response, including a ban on international tourist travel, according to Breitbart.
“Confronted with the grave situation of this accelerating spread of pneumonia from infections with the novel coronavirus, we must step up the centralized and united leadership under the party central,” President Xi Jinping said Saturday, according to The New York Times. Still, there have been signs that the regime in Beijing may be trying to hide how serious conditions on the ground truly are.
Assurances from Beijing
The Chinese president’s remarks were made at a meeting of the Politburo, the nation’s governing body, and were broadcast on Chinese television.
Xi offered reassuring words to the citizenry, pledging: “We’re sure to be able to win in this battle to beat the epidemic through prevention and control.”
Among the measures promised in response to the escalating outbreak, according to Breitbart, was a ban on international tourist travel from the country effective Monday. Overseas airline ticket and hotel package sales were also canceled.
The Politburo’s membership also resolved to quarantine those thought to be carrying the disease, stating: “When suspected cases are found they must be held for observation locally.”
Hubei Province is the area in which the outbreak originated, and the government there was singled out for specific directives. It was told that it “must make containment and control of the epidemic its topmost priority, adopting even stricter measures to prevent it expanding within and spreading outward.”
Additional resources were pledged to assist with efforts at further restricting the spread of the epidemic, with more help likely to come from the People’s Liberation Army, according to the South China Morning Post. However, the problem may already be far worse than officials are letting on.
The New York Post reported on an alarming video shot by Chinese woman ensconced in a suit of protective clothing.
In the footage, the narrator claims to be a nurse and accuses the government of engaging in a widespread cover-up of the true extent of the public health crisis in her country.
The whistleblower continues: “I am in the area where the coronavirus started. I am here to tell the truth. At this moment, Hubei province, including the Wuhan area, even China, 90,000 people have been infected by a coronavirus.”
The official death toll attributable to coronavirus now stands at 81, and five cases have been confirmed in the United States, with all of the infected individuals having recently traveled to China, according to USA Today.