An Associated Press investigation revealed the Chinese government waited six days before warning the public of a possible coronavirus outbreak. Some experts said the delay is likely because the Chinese government didn’t want to create mass hysteria. However the AP investigation showed that by the time Chinese president Xi Jinping warned the public of a possible outbreak on January 20th, an estimated 3,000 people had already been infected.
The AP report showed that the head of China’s National Health Commission warned the virus was likely to develop into a major public health event on January 14th – 6 days before the public warning. That information came from a memo obtained by The AP. During that 6 day window, the city of Wuhan hosted Lunar New Year celebrations with tens of thousands of people. Wuhan removed restrictions last week after its mandated quarantine. You can read the full AP report here.