China, first country brought to its knees by the Covid-19 pandemic, boasted, rightly, of having reduced it to almost nothing … but it shows its nose again in several provinces, and its resentment returns: it killed a person, announced the regime this Thursday, only one but which is enough to undermine the confidence of the health authorities and to cast doubt on the population traumatized by the first wave. Officially, this is the first death recorded in nearly eight months, May 2020.
By chance, the news falls when an international scientific team from the World Health Organization has finally arrived on site, and not just anywhere, in the now infamous town of Wuhan, where it all started at the end of 2019. The 10 experts of different nationalities are tasked with trying to trace the thread to the origin of the scourge, but everywhere in the world, we are under no illusions. As is the management of the WHO itself.
The first symbolic death was observed in Hubei province, which necessarily worries since this immense region surrounds the Chinese capital, Beijing, in which about 80 new contaminations have been identified, at least officially. The concern of health and political authorities is even greater with regard to the daily toll of new contaminations: it amounts to 138, which seems very little compared to the figures displayed throughout the world, but far too much for China because it is the worst daily record since March last year.