More virus-trouble from China?

More virus-trouble from China? By Benjamin Harnwell.

Xi’an City (population 13 million) was locked down on 23 December 2021, with authorities citing as justification two ostensibly unrelated outbreaks: one of COVID-19 originating with six persons infected with the Delta variant from a flight from Pakistan, and the second of an unspecified seasonal haemorrhagic fever.

Something bad is happening, like the news leaking out of Wuhan two years ago:

CCP officials explicitly stated that it was the Delta variant. They went out of their way to say that it was not the more contagious Omicron variant. …

The problem is that this is the same CCP that has successfully obstructed every independent investigation into the origins of COVID itself, knowing that the facts lead inexorably back to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, so uncovering the truth of the situation in Xi’an will be a near-impossible task. …

The brutality of the Xi’an lockdown is unlike anything we have seen since the CCP first tried desperately — and unsuccessfully — to suppress COVID-19 in Wuhan at the beginning of the outbreak in late 2019.

No one is allowed out of their homes, not even for essential shopping supplies; residential tower blocks have been welded shut from the outside. Deserted streets are sprayed with disinfectant.

Despite the severity of these controls, however, the COVID outbreak is spreading from Xi’an in a broadly easterly direction, forcing full and partial lockdowns all the way to Ningbo, China’s largest port, on the east coast. All the while, the CCP is calculatingly vague about what is actually going on.

Here is the timeline of the Xi’an related epidemic:

  • Xi’an, population: population 13m, date of lockdown: 23 December 2021, distance from to Beijing: 1093 km
  • Yuzhou, population: 1.2 million, 2 January 2022, 775 km
  • Ningbo Port (the largest port in China), 8.2m, 3 January 2022, 1373 km
  • Zhengzhou,  10.4m, 5 January 2022, 693 km
  • Shenzhen Port, 12.6m, 7 January 2022, 2176 km
  • Tianjin Port (the largest port in northern China), 14m, 10 January 2022, 143 km
  • Anyang, 5.2m, 11 January 2022, 508 km
  • Dalian, 5.8m, 13 January 2022, 840 km

As the Beijing Winter Olympics race into view, the Xi’an-originated virus races towards Beijing. Not unreasonably, the CCP’s absolute paranoia is that with the virus now on the doorstep of the Chinese capital — three weeks before the Winter Olympics — the virus will penetrate into the heart of Beijing.

What else has Xi done which would seem to be unduly excessive given the official narrative? On 23rd December 2021, China closed all domestic flights from Xi’an City. On 5th January 2022, China then extended that ban to all international flights out of Xi’an.

Just like Wuhan. When Wuhan prevented people in Wuhan from leaving to elsewhere in China, they left open the international flights — so fleeing Wuhan residents spread it all over the world, mainly to Europe and the North America.

I can’t find any confirmation of this:

The official symptoms in Xi’an are both similar and different from all other recognised variants. In addition to all the expected respiratory tract symptoms, there is also recorded haemorrhaging including from the eyes, ears, and nose. …

The CCP — the same authority that reassured the WHO at the crucial early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak that the virus was not passed via person to person transmission — also highlighted as justification for the Xi’an lockdown an outbreak of an unspecified “seasonal haemorrhagic fever.” …

According to the Global Times/CCP press release, this “seasonal haemorrhagic fever” is not person-to-person contagious. But if this really were the case, if the unspecified seasonal haemorrhagic fever were indeed not person to person contagious, why close Xi’an citing it? …

Dr. Malone has already signalled what appears to be “the development of a rapidly spreading Ebola-like hemorrhagic fever virus” in China, though Dr. Malone was careful not to explicitly link this outbreak to COVID-19.

Let’s see if this develops into anything.

Steve B. notes:

Hemorrhagic fever is said to be caused by rodent transmission and is a relatively common, seasonal endemic in Northern China. Because the onset of the disease’s symptoms are the same as the common cold or flu, many patients delay early treatment.

hat-tip Dave, Stephen Harper