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The increased scrutiny appears to be the latest effort by the Chinese government to control the narrative on the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed more than 100,000 lives and sickened 1.7 million people worldwide since it first broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.
Since late January, Chinese researchers have published a series of Covid-19 studies in influential international medical journals. Some findings about early coronavirus cases -- such as when human-to-human transition first appeared -- have raised questions over the official government account of the outbreak and sparked controversy on Chinese social media.
"In terms of priority, controlling the narrative is more important than health or economic fallout"
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: BrianFlanders
We've turned into an almost totalitarian society in just a few months. This is almost martial law.
Not even close. Not even close.
My parents lived under martial law. This ain't that.
originally posted by: Majic
In an environment where concealing information and obstructing research can directly result in the unnecessary deaths of thousands or millions of people, the decision of the Chinese government to do just that is not just an admission of guilt, but malicious intent as well.
If their goal is to shift the world's perception of their COVID-19 response from "incompetent" to "evil", they are going about it the right way.