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27 Cities, 5 Provincial Capitals Were Locked Down As of February 4

The novel coronavirus has been spreading outside Hubei Province. By Feb 4, 2020, a total of 27 cities across China had been placed under tight control. Among them, 17 cities are in Hubei province.

Five cities, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Fuzhou, Zhengzhou, and Harbin are the capital cities of the respective Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Fujian, Henan, and Heilongjiang Provinces. Other major cities including Ningbo in Zhejing Province and Xuzhou in Jiangsu Province have taken similar measures.

There are also reports that Shanghai has locked down many residential communities. Only people inside the community can enter or leave the community. Anyone outside cannot enter without official authorization.  Ms. Rose Luqiu, former executive news editor of Phoenix TV, noted this on her tweet.

In a smaller city, Zhumadian in Henan Province (population 7.2 million), every five days a family will be allowed to send one person to go out to buy daily necessities. Similar measure has been imposed in other cities. Continue reading

Two Chinese Provinces Lock Down Residential Communities

On Feb 5 and Feb 6, 2020, Taiwan’s leading news portal ETtoday reported that Liaoning and Jiangxi provinces both announced lockdowns of residential communities across the entire province.

Each of the two provinces has a population of well over 40 million.

Over 36 Chinese cities have imposed restrictions on residents, preventing them from leaving home. The lockdown of a residential community means that anyone without official authorization is not allowed to enter the neighborhood. Jiangxi province’s measure has a further restriction that only one person in each family is allowed to go out shopping every other day. Continue reading

Heilongjiang High Court: Death Penalty for Spreading Coronavirus

The Heilongjiang high court called for the death penalty for those who were deemed to be spreading the novel coronavirus. Those who spread information about the virus could face up to 15 years in prison.

Death penalties could also apply in the following situations: those who set road blocks and blocked traffic without permission, those who looted stores and caused other people’s deaths or injuries, those who manufactured fake medicine or medical supplies, and those who embezzled or stole materials or funds to prevent or control the novel coronavirus. Continue reading

Stability Control: China’s Police Force Asked to Focus on Political Orientation

On February 4, 2020, the Communist Party Committee of the Public Security Ministry issued a notice to remind its police force that political orientation is the top priority.

The notice reminded the police forces that their job is to maintain social stability whenever the novel coronavirus is mentioned. They should elevate their political standing when fighting the spread of the virus so that they uphold the leadership of Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee. Continue reading

Leadership: Xi Jinping: I Have Been In Charge All Along

In his meeting with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO), on January 28, Xi Jinping told Tedros, “I, myself have been directing and arranging (the work that is being done to fight against the epidemic) all along.”

It is not clear what the reason was for Xi to have make such a statement.

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Leadership: Wuhan Party Secretary Mentioned a Few Critical Dates

In an interview with China Central Television (CCTV), Wuhan Party Secretary Ma Guoqiang mentioned a few critical dates:

  • December 27, 2019: A hospital reported that regular antibiotic treatment did not work for a few pneumonia patients.The  Wuhan Health Department then asked hospitals to report similar cases.
  • December 30/31, 2019: The Wuhan government gathered more patients from other hospitals and reported the situation to the National Health Commission.
  • January 12/13, 2020: At the airport, train station, coach station, and ship terminal, Wuhan began installing infrared thermometers to test people’s temperatures.
  • January 20, 2020: The State Council took action and the National Health Commission declared the coronavirus to be a category B infectious disease.

The Wuhan government didn’t release the critical information to the public or take serious measures until January 20, 2020.

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Leadership: Wuhan Mayor Not “Authorized” to Release Epidemic Information to the Public Before

The Wuhan government has been criticized for failing to disclose critical information, including the severity of the virus and the fact that it could be transmitted from person to person. Wuhan Major Zhou Xianwang said that, before January 20, he had not been “authorized” to do so.

In an interview with the China Central Television (CCTV) on January 27, 2020, Zhou apologized for not releasing the epidemic information to the public earlier. He stated that “as a local government, I could not release information until I received information and authorization.” “Especially after January 20, the State Council had a meeting, defining it as a category B infectious disease but deciding to handle it as a category A infectious disease. It then asked the local government to be responsible and we could be therefore be more active in our work.”

He said that they decided to lock down the city to keep the virus within the city and not spread out, even though they might be blamed in the future. Ma Guoqiang (Wuhan Party Secretary) and he were willing to take the responsibility for this decision.

He didn’t mention when they knew about the information.

Both Caixin and The Beijing News reported his statement. Continue reading

Virus Origin: Genome Analysis of the New Wuhan Coronavirus Found Viral Sequences Suspicious of Laboratory Engineering

Dr. Lyons-Weiler, the founder and CEO of the Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge (IPAK), published an article stating that medical research found evidence that might suggest the novel coronavirus in China could come out from a laboratory-induced event. He listed possibilities of the origin as either a vaccine or a biomedical weapon.

Dr. Lyons-Weiler has written many articles and three books, many of them are on medical related topics.

“There is, however, clear evidence that the novel sequence, which I will refer to henceforth as INS1378, is from a laboratory-induced recombination event. Specifically,

(1) The sequence similarity to other coronavirus sequences is lower to its most similar sequences in any coronavirus than the rest of the genome (IPAK finding)

(2) The high sequence similarity of INS1378 to a SARS spike protein (2; IPAK Confirmed).

(3) We also found significant sequence similarity of INS1378 to a pShuttle-SN vector that was in use in the 1980’s in China to create a more immunogenic coronavirus (IPAK finding, details below, Option 4).”

He gave four options on the origins of virus:

Option 1. Natural coronavirus related to bat coronaviruses, Not a Recombined Virus. He concluded that this option is a “falsified hypothesis.”

Option 2. A recombined virus that naturally picked up a SARS-like spike protein in its N-terminus of the viral genome. He concluded this option as “speculative hypothesis and unlikely.”

Option 3. A recombined virus made in a laboratory for the purpose of creating a bioweapon.

“Both China and the US hinted at the other side’s potential liability in playing a role in bringing about a novel coronavirus in the lab specifically for the purpose of being used as a bioweapon. To add to the intrigue, a Chinese Scientist had her security access revoked from a BSL-4 laboratory in Manitoba, Canada for violating protocols, allegedly sending samples of deadly viruses to mainland China. On January 26, The Washington Times published an article citing an Israeli defense expert who claimed that China has likely proceeded with a bioweapons program.”

He called it a “rumor” but didn’t reject it from the angle of possibility.

Option 4. A recombined virus made in a laboratory for the purpose of creating a vaccine.

“IPAK researchers found a sequence similarity between a pShuttle-SN recombination vector sequence and INS1378. It turns out that the sequence from pShuttle is most closely related to the Spike protein from SARS coronavirus. This particular technology was used in 2008 to attempt to develop a more immunogenic vaccine against coronavirus.”

Studies reported “serious immunopathology in animals – rats, ferrets, and monkeys – in which animals vaccinated against coronaviruses tended to have extremely high rates of respiratory failure upon subsequent exposure in the study when challenged with the wild-type coronavirus.”

He thinks Option 4 is “most likely.” The Chinese government might have conducted human trials with this vaccine, or this vaccine might have escaped from a lab. “The available evidence most strongly supports that the 2019-NCoV virus is a vaccine strain of coronavirus either accidentally released from a laboratory accident, perhaps a laboratory researcher becoming infected with the virus while conducting animal experiments, or the Chinese were performing clinical studies of a Coronavirus vaccine in humans.”

1. Principia Scientific International, January 31, 2020

On the Origins of the 2019-nCoV Virus, Wuhan, China

2. Washington Times, January 26, 2020
3. James Lyons-Weiler website

James Lyons-Weiler, PhD