Transcript for New report indicates China misled world about coronavirus
Cabin fever still spreading. Trevor, thank you. U.S. Intelligence finding that China misled the world about how bad the coronavirus outbreak was while also stockpiling face masks and other medical supplies. It comes after an earlier intelligence report that says China has never revealed the real numbers of infections and deaths. ABC's Rachel Scott has more. Reporter: Tonight, tensions between the U.S. And China escalating. U.S. Intelligence officials now accusing China of deception, saying they hid the growing nature of the coronavirus crisis. The report from the department of the homeland security obtained by ABC news says, quote, the Chinese government intentionally concealed the severity of covid-19 in early January while it stockpiled medical supplies. The report claims they increased imports and decreased exports, choking off supplies to nations in dire need. Homeland security analysis shows China sent 48% fewer gloves. Face masks down 71%. And exported 45% fewer ventilators. While the report says this started in early January, on the 14th, the W.H.O. Released a tweet saying China saw no evidence of human-to-human transmission. U.S. Intelligence officials say the Chinese government attempted to hide its actions by denying export restrictions and delaying its trade data. Just last week, president trump attacked China for not doing more when the outbreak began. We are not happy with China. We are not happy with that whole situation. Because we believe it could have been stopped at the source, and it wouldn't have spread as quickly and it couldn't have been spread all over the world. Reporter: Chinese officials are pushing back that they were slow so respond or hid details of the outbreak. A spokesperson said America should stop shifting the blame and instead focus on ways to contain the virus in the U.S. Tom? Rachel, thank you.
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