The World Health Organization has not only covered up Beijing’s lies and its refusal to allow an outside investigation into how COVID-19 started – it also lied about the outbreak at its global headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
They repeatedly issued public statements denying transmission of the virus at headquarters – until the Associated Press received emails indicating that at least 65 staff had been infected this year.
Yes, half the cases were people who did not come to the office, but 32 people were working on site at headquarters when they tested positive. And most of the cases (49) came in the last two months, because the virus has spread in the surrounding cities.
Indeed, Geneva is facing a massive surge, with more than 12,000 cases reported in the past two weeks, but the WHO refuses to admit that the contagion occurred at its headquarters, which would make the building practically the city’s only virus-free zone.
The e-mail addressed concerns that five more workers had tested positive the previous week – and others they had close contact with were still in the office. All five (one, reportedly a senior infection control specialist) have all had mutual contact, so that the outbreak qualifies as a group (two or more positive cases in the same area).
But the agency is in deep denial when it refuses to label COVID-19 as a pandemic until mid-March. Its leaders expect you to believe that the 32 workers in the building were infected without passing it on to other staff.
Overall, it doesn’t look great for an outfit struggling to pretend not to be completely careless since the start of the pandemic.