U.S. officials began expressing concern this week about a new outbreak in respiratory illnesses in China that have sent a surge of children to the hospital.
NBC News reported that the outbreak in northern China has caused hospitals to become “overwhelmed with sick children,” according to ProMED, a publicly available reporting system for emerging diseases and outbreaks.
The news comes after COVID-19 began spreading in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 and in the span of a couple months threw the entire world into a global pandemic that killed millions and was used by governments to implement draconian measures.
“China’s recent pneumonia outbreak raises serious questions, and the World Health Organization is asking them,” said U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel.
“It’s time to abandon COVID deception and delays as transparent and timely information saves lives,” he said. “Full cooperation with the international community is not an option, it’s a public health imperative. Will Beijing step up?”
China's recent pneumonia outbreak raises serious questions, and the World Health Organization is asking them. It's time to abandon COVID deception and delays as transparent and timely information saves lives. Full cooperation with the international community is not an option,…
— ラーム・エマニュエル駐日米国大使 (@USAmbJapan) November 24, 2023
NBC News said that it witnessed long lines and crowded waiting rooms at Beijing Children’s Hospital.
“Since mid-October 2023, WHO has been monitoring data from Chinese surveillance systems that have been showing an increase in respiratory illness in children in northern China,” the WHO said in a statement. “Today, WHO held a teleconference with Chinese health authorities in which they provided requested data on respiratory illnesses among children in Northern China.”
“The data indicates an increase in outpatient consultations and hospital admissions of children due to Mycoplasma pneumonia since May, and RSV, adenovirus and influenza virus since October,” the WHO continued. “Some of these increases are earlier in the season than historically experienced, but not unexpected given the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, as similarly experienced in other countries.”
The COVID-19 pandemic was marked by lying and deception from communist China about the origins of the coronavirus as well as attempts to cover it up. The World Health Organization (WHO) was also accused not being forthcoming with what it knew about the coronavirus and of trying to cover for China.
In early January 2020, the WHO regurgitated Chinese propaganda that falsely claimed that there was no evidence that COVID-19 could be transmitted “human-to-human.”
Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China🇨🇳. pic.twitter.com/Fnl5P877VG
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 14, 2020