US Intelligence Warned In November That The Coronavirus In China Could Be A Cataclysmic Event
The coronavirus causing COVID 19 is well and truly gripping the world and is threatening to increase in countries like the USA. The world has never seen such a pandemic the likes of COVID 19 that has proven to be much worse than SARS. As of 9 April, the number of cases stands at 1529,961 with more than 89,000 dead. One big question asked on many people’s lips is could this have been avoided? The loss of life is almost criminal and several tabloids, reports and editorials have all come out pointing fingers accusing either China for negligence or the World Health Organization for not taking the initial news of the virus seriously but instead just voicing China’s version of the situation claiming non-human transmission angle that has now turned out to be the opposite.
1Reports now say that intelligence was given about Wuhan in November
By far the saddest news today is not the coronavirus dashboard but a report by ABC that says the pandemic could have been avoided if US intelligence reports were taken seriously. US intelligence officials warned in late November that a contagion like disease was raging in Wuhan China that was disrupting daily life and business. The entire population of the city was also under grave threat. According to the report, four sources were briefed on this secret report on Wuhan.
2The report was made out by the NCMI
The report was given by the military’s National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI), according to two officials familiar with the document’s contents. The report was compiled after careful analysis, satellite imaging and computer intercepts that spoke of the high risk of a disease going out of control and which could pose a big threat to US forces in Asia. While the crisis may not have been handled adeptly by China, the US intelligence report doesn’t speak well of the USA too where the existence of the report means that the American government could have stepped up containment efforts to prepare for the impending crisis.
3The report regarded the impending spread as a cataclysmic event
The ABC says one of the sources speaking about the NCMI report was quoted as saying “Analysts concluded it could be a cataclysmic event, it was then briefed multiple times to the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s Joint Staff and the White House. Wednesday night, the Pentagon issued a statement denying the “product/assessment” existed.