A month before the first official announcement of a coronavirus outbreak in China, U.S. intelligence analysts concluded that a catastrophic epidemic could occur, ABC News said.
At the end of November 2019, U.S. intelligence officials warned that an infection had flared up in Chinese Wuhan, changing the way people live and work and posing a threat to large populations. This was reported with reference to four sources on April 8 by the American television channel ABC News.
Report National Center for Medical Intelligence was the result of an analysis of intercepts of computer network data in combination with satellite images, it was about the uncontrolled nature of a new disease, the channel said.
Analysts concluded that this could be a “catastrophic event,” one source said. He added that information in 2019 was reported at briefings at the White House, the Pentagon, and the Department of Military Intelligence. In doing so, the first detailed report The US Department of Defense intelligence spokesman appeared in January after the World Health Organization registered an outbreak in Wuhan, ABC News sources said.
An outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus infection was recognized by the Chinese authorities in December 2019. To curb the spread of infection, strict quarantine measures were introduced in China in January; 13 cities in Hubei Province were virtually blocked.
March 11 World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
US intelligence believes that China is concealing the extent of coronavirus infection.
According to the American Johns Hopkins University, the total number of infected in the world exceeded 1.47 million people, of which more than 317 thousand recovered, and nearly 87 thousand died.