U.S. intelligence officials were warned of coronavirus in November: report
Workers place bodies of coronavirus victims in a cold storage truck outside Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn on March 31.
U.S. intelligence officials penned a report in late November warning of the spread of a threatening virus in Wuhan, weeks before China revealed the coronavirus to the world, ABC News reported Wednesday.
The document by the military’s National Center for Medical Intelligence was passed on to the White House and the Department of Defense, according to ABC, which cited anonymous sources.
One source told the news outlet that intelligence analysts cautioned that a “cataclysmic” event could be on the horizon.
The U.S. moved to curb the spread of the virus into the country Jan. 17, when health authorities announced that airports in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco would screen for the contagion. At the time, the illness was widely believed to have emerged in December.
Vice President Pence said a week ago that “what appears evident now” is that the virus began its spread a month earlier than was initially publicly revealed.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ABC report.
Asked during an appearance on ABC if the Pentagon received an intelligence report about COVID-19 in November, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday, “I can’t recall.”
The Pentagon also did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily News.
China has also been accused of fudging its count of cases, in addition to allegations that it misled the world about the timing of the outbreak’s onset.