- China has been accused of silencing WHO from alerting other parts of the world about coronavirus in January before the pandemic boomed into a big crisis
- The intelligence agency based its claim on the ground that China warned it may cease funding the world health agency
- There are over 4 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the world, 1.4 million of them officially confirmed in the United States
China tried to prevent the World Health Organisation (WHO) from ringing an alarm bell about the coronavirus crisis in January before it later escalated, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has alleged.
Coronavirus, an infection which began in Wuhan city of China, was declared a global pandemic by WHO after the virus took a dangerous leap out of its epicentre and plunged over 200 countries into unrest.
With 4.5 million cases confirmed globally (over one million of them reported in the United States of America) CIA, a civilian foreign intelligence service of the USA, claimed WHO was silenced when Beijing, China's capital was buying medical equipment in preparation for the virus.
According to News Week, the CIA alleged that China threatened to cut ties with the global health agency should it sound the alarm of the then imminent crisis.
The claim by the intelligence service was a move to heighten the tension between the United States and China over a pandemic that has claimed 280,000.
Chinese president, Xi Jinping, was also accused of applying pressure on WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on January 21.
Although WHO debunked the claim that the Chinese president silenced its director-general, the publication, according to the CIA finding, further disclosed that the conspiracy that trailed WHO's silence was what further strained the relation between the two world powers, stopping President Donald Trump from further funding the global health agency.
Legit.ng had reported that President Trump announced that the US is halting funding to the WHO to allow for a review on how the health agency has been steering fight against coronavirus.
During his address on Tuesday, April 14, Trump accused WHO of contributing to the rapid spread of the virus and also playing a cover-up role thus complicating the fight against the global pandemic.
Trump further blamed WHO for what he termed as being Chinacentric despite the US contributing $400 million to $500 million to the WHO each year.
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