Is China concealing the real figures of Corona virus deaths? A Chinese company's leaked data says so
Accidentally leaked data from a Chinese company listed the death toll as 24,589 which is 82 times higher than the official estimate of 300.
A Chinese company, Tencent, may have accidentally leaked real data on Corona virus deaths. Last week the company seems to have inadvertently released the number of infections and deaths caused by the Corona virus, which were astronomically higher than official figures, says a report in Taiwan News.
Taiwan News reports that on February 1st, Tencent webpage showed confirmed cases of the Wuhan virus in China as standing at 154,023, 10 times the official figure at the time. It has listed the number of suspected cases as 79,808, four times the official figure. The number of cured cases was only 269, well below the official number that day of 300. Most ominously, the death toll listed was 24,589, vastly higher than the 300 officially listed that day.
Data leak detected
Taiwan netizens noticed that figures of corona virus deaths and infections were very different from the official figures in January itself.
The same new report says the netizens of Taiwan were reporting that Tencent was briefly showing data on the novel corona virus in China on its webpage titled "Epidemic Situation Tracker". The figures shown were much higher than official estimates. Taiwanese netizen Hiroki Lo on Jan 26th reported that Tencent and NetEase were both posting "unmodified statistics," before switching to official numbers soon, mostly due to the nudge from the Chinese government.
Many experts had already questioned the veracity of China's official statistics for the Wuhan corona virus outbreak. But the astronomically higher figures could mean that the epidemic is of such large proportions that the Chinese Communist government is doing everything to minimize the damage.
China stifles the leak
Tencent page shows two different estimates on consecutive days - one higher and one matching the official figures
As all Communist countries, China too has now been accused of trying to hide the true damage caused by the Corona virus. While Tencent data that was accidentally leaked showed the true extent of the epidemic, the government was quick to arm twist it and revert to its official figures say news reports. Netizens have noticed that Tencent has on at least three occasions posted extremely high numbers, only to quickly lower them to government-approved statistics.
Taiwanese netizens have also reported that each time the screen with the large numbers appears, a comparison with the previous day's data appears above which demonstrates a "reasonable" incremental increase, much like comparisons of official numbers. This has led many to speculate that Tencent has two sets of data, the real data and "processed" data which match the official figures.
Internal reports from Wuhan say that the Tencent figures may be true as many corona virus patients are unable to receive treatment and die outside of hospitals. A severe shortage of test kits has also lead to a lower number of diagnosed cases of infection and death. In addition, there have been many reports of doctors being ordered to list other forms of death instead of corona virus to keep the death toll artificially low, says the Taiwan News report.