According to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report, the government of China lied to world health agencies about the spread of the COVID-19 virus. And the reason: To have enough time to stock up and hoard medical supplies before the rest of the world could get in on the market.
The Associated Press would obtain the report, and Homeland Security determined that Beijing "intentionally concealed the severity" of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which was originated in November 2019 in Wuhan, China.
As recently as January 14, the Chinese government would tell the World Health Organization (WHO) that there wasn't any evidence whatsoever that showed transmission from human-to-human of this strain of coronavirus. When that happened, that would spark original reactions that the virus didn't transmit that easily, and that containment wouldn't be a problem.
While covering up all of the information regarding COVID-19, China took advantage of the extra time it provided them to order medical supplies from all across the world, including face masks, gloves and surgical gowns, this according to the DHS report from May 1.
The report also states that officials determined with a 95% degree of probability that the trade activity of China's was not in the normal range. The Chinese government has also been accused of putting restrictions on its exports, while "obfuscating and delaying" the release of their trade data.
China has another accusation against them as well of lying, covering up and manipulating their numbers in regard to both positive coronavirus cases and deaths across the country.
Out of all of the 17 agencies across the landscape of the United States intelligence community, the majority of them believe that the COVID-19 outbreak began due to an accidental leak from a Wuhan, China biological lab.