As history and now the coronavirus pandemic has made abundantly clear, totalitarian communist dictatorships will brazenly lie and risk the lives of millions in order to maintain power. We may never know how many Chinese were infected with COVID-19 or how many have died and the death toll throughout the world continues to rise because of the Chinese Communist Party’s lies and coverups. The same lethal scenario will likely play out in communist Cuba, where the Castro dictatorship is more interested in saving itself than it is the Cuban people.
Cuba and China: A tale of two viral outbreaks
Trouble with China, North Korea, Cuba, and other communist dictatorships is that mendacity is part of their ideology, and there is no counterbalance in a totalitarian regime to hold them to account in the midst of an outbreak of disease.
Pandemics have been with us throughout human history, but totalitarian regimes are a recent phenomenon. Both Cuba and China are totalitarian regimes and have a common playbook, and it can be seen with their responses to two recent viral outbreaks. It does not put people first, but the interests of their respective dictatorships.
First, let us briefly examine these two viruses and then how Cuban and Chinese officials responded to each of them.
Zika virus was identified in the Ziika Forest of Uganda in 1947 and spent decades spreading eastward through Asia and reaching the Americas with a major outbreak in 2015 -2017 that reached Cuba.
The Wuhan virus (SARS-CoV-2) the cause of a mysterious viral pneumonia cluster that first emerged in mid-November 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province was identified in December 2019 and has now spread around the world in the span of a few months.
Responses by Cuba and China although at different ends of a viral outbreak, with different characteristics, including mortality and rate of spread, are similar in how regimes covered up the severity of the epidemic in their respective countries, punishing whistleblowers, and with the aid of international organizations and media outlets preserving the narrative that they are competent administrators with an effective response to a viral outbreak.
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