A congressional hearing aimed at assessing the recent coronavirus outbreak, and the response to it was held on Feb. 5. It's the first hearing of its kind, as numbers affected by the virus continue to grow, mostly in China.
Slow Chinese ResponseDuring the hearing, ranking member Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) dedicated a portion of his remarks to criticize the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) overall response to the virus.
Yoho said the Chinese regime has failed to work collaboratively with other nations to fight the virus.
"Despite the severity and infectiousness of this virus, the Chinese government has so far refused to fully cooperate with the global community," he said. "We hope this is something that does not become politicized."
Yoho brought up how Chinese scientists were able to share the sequence of the strain with international partners. However, he noted that it only happened after the scientists bypassed government censors.
"So far, China has spurned the help of CDC and refused to provide biological samples to the United States," he said.
"[It] not only hurts the credibility of China but also hinders our ability as an international community to prevent the further loss of life and spread of the disease," he said.
Various courts across China have issued regulations or guidelines clamping down on “spreading rumors” about the illness.
Meanwhile, two jets carrying about 350 Americans fleeing the virus zone in China arrived on Feb. 5 at an Air Force base in Northern California. Officials said 178 of them would be quarantined at a hotel on the base for 14 days while others will be quarantined at a Southern California military base.