As a second wave virus outbreak ripples through parts of China, Chinese authorities’ reporting of virus data has been opaque. There are no cumulative infection figures, with local governments only reporting new infections daily. Asymptomatic carriers are also counted separately from “confirmed diagnoses,” while little background is provided about the diagnosed patients.
Currently, the most severe outbreak is occurring in Jilin city, Jilin Province.
Patient ZeroSince May, the Jilin provincial health commission announced publicly that the “patient zero” in the second wave outbreak is a 45-year-old cleaning staff who works at the Shulan city police bureau, surnamed Li. Shulan is a county-level municipality within Jilin city.
The Jilin authority keeps a separate file for each COVID-19 patient.
Li’s file explains that she developed a fever, a typical COVID-19 symptom, on May 6. She was diagnosed on May 7.
However, another Jilin CDC file, dated May 9, notes that a 47-year-old police officer who worked at the same bureau, surnamed Huang, developed a fever on May 5—one day earlier than Li. Huang was formally diagnosed on May 9.
Huang works at the criminal police department, and is close to Li and her husband, who is also a staffer at the bureau and COVID-positive, according to the documents.
In another file, the Jilin CDC reported that Hao, a 29-year-old auxiliary police at the Shulan bureau, started to feel feverish on May 3. From May 5 to May 7, Hao received infusion therapy at a local private clinic every day.
On May 7, Hao’s condition deteriorated. He visited a local diagnostic center. Then, he was isolated at different hospitals as a suspected patient, until he was formally diagnosed on May 10.
Cluster Outbreak at Police BureauLeaked documents also revealed that more officers were infected at the Shulan bureau. Three officers at its local division, the Baiqi township police station, were also infected.
Aside from Li, local authorities have not previously disclosed that confirmed COVID-19 patients were staff at local police agencies. But the patient files obtained by The Epoch Times generally match the profiles of individuals previously confirmed as COVID-positive by authorities.
The obtained Jilin CDC files detailed a 49-year-old staff at the reception desk of the Shulan bureau command center; a 46-year-old staff at the confidential department, and a 56-year-old driver, who were also infected.