The Associated Press has obtained a US Department of Homeland Security intelligence report that concludes China covered up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak, including the fact that it was contagious in humans, in order to stock up on medical supplies and protection equipment before the rest of the world knew.

The four page report dated May 1, outlines how US officials believe China “intentionally concealed the severity” of the outbreak in January.

The report details how China downplayed the spread of the virus while increasing imports and decreasing exports of medical supplies.

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