Tom Cotton: China Lying About Origin, Severity Of Coronavirus; ‘Worse Than Chernobyl’

Seems like as each day goes by, a new report reveals that the coronavirus is much more serious than China is admitting to the world.

During an interview on Fox News, Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton declared the China’s communist government has repeatedly lied about the coronavirus, including the magnitude of the problem and where the virus originated.


"The situation is very grave, in part because, as you say, China was lying from the beginning, and they’re still lying today, and also because there are so many unknowns about this virus, for example, how many people one person can infect once they have the virus, the extent to which it’s contagious before one is symptomatic, or the mortality rate," Cotton said.

Cotton then said he thinks China is "lying" when they claimed back in January that the virus originated from an animal market.

“This virus didn’t originate in the Wuhan animal market,” Cotton said. “Epidemiologists who are widely respected from China who have published a studied in the international journal The Lancet have demonstrated that several of the original cases didn’t have any contact with that food market.”

“The virus went into that food market before it came out of that food market. So, we don’t know where it originated,” Cotton continued. “But we do know that we have to get to the bottom of that. We also know that, just a few miles away from that food market is China’s only biosafety level four super laboratory that researches human infectious diseases.”

“Now, we don’t have evidence that this disease originated there, but, because of China’s duplicity and dishonesty from the beginning, we need to at least ask the question to see what the evidence says,” Cotton added. “And China right now is not giving any evidence on that question at all.”

Cotton then argued that America uses the same types of laboratories that are run by the military and are used for preventative purposes.

“China’s obviously very secretive about what happens at the Wuhan laboratory. We don’t know, again, where this virus originated. That’s why it’s so important that we at least ask the questions and get the evidence,” Cotton said. “But China continues to block our ability to ask those questions and get that evidence.”

Cotton rounded out his comments by saying the coronavirus was worse than Chernobyl for China and that it's a much greater threat to the world than China is admitting.

“The first cases indicated in early December, which meant that they were transmitted some time in November. China finally fessed up to the WHO on December 31. If they had taken action weeks earlier, not only might their own people have been better protected, but the entire world might have been better protected,” Cotton said. “This is just a pattern of Chinese dishonesty from the very beginning, which continues to this very day. Just a few days ago, we went from a situation where they were reporting only a couple hundred more cases or maybe 1,000 more cases a day to almost 14,000 cases in a single day.”

“That wasn’t the result of any scientific discovery,” Cotton concluded. “That was a political decision to finally reveal what they knew to be true. Yet they are still covering up, in all likelihood, the number of cases and deaths from coronavirus inside of China.”


The Chernobyl disaster Cotton was referring dominating global headlines back in the 1980s.

It involved a nuclear accident in 1986 at a reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the city of Pripyat in the north of the Ukrainian.

Still to this day, it is considered the worst nuclear disaster in history and is one of only two nuclear energy disasters rated at seven—the maximum severity—on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

The situation was greatly magnified after the lead scientist refused to take action for hours and USSR government officials negligently refused to take any action at all to ensure their citizens were safe from the radiation.

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Cotton is warning that the coronavirus could be more dangerous and deadly than that.