MOSCOW, may 4 – RIA Novosti. U.S. officials believe that China hid the extent of the outbreak of a new type of coronavirus and its degree of infectivity to stock up on medical supplies necessary to combat it, reports associated Press with reference to the documents of American intelligence.

In the analysis of the report stated that, downplaying the severity of coronavirus, China increased imports and reduced exports of medical supplies. The authorities tried to hide it, “denying the existence of export restrictions, confusing and delaying the provision of its trade data”.

According to the report, China is almost the whole of January was kept from the world health organization information on the infectivity of the coronavirus to be able to order medical supplies from abroad. In addition, the report argues that China also concealed the sharp rise in the import of face masks, surgical gowns and gloves.

These findings are based on a 95 percent probability that changes in the import and export of China was outside the norm, to the report.

the US President Donald trump said earlier that the U.S. side considers the version that the new coronavirus emerged in the laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan, and intends to establish its origin. The us President warned China of the consequences if it turns out that Beijing deliberately allowed the flash COVID-19. Earlier, the Chinese foreign Ministry said that China from the beginning followed an open and responsible position regarding the publication of data about the epidemic coronavirus infection.

the world health organization on 11 March announced the outbreak of a new coronavirus infection COVID-19 pandemic. According to the latest who data, there have been recorded more than 3.3 million cases of infection, about 240 thousand people died.

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