Is China hiding the truth about the number of victims of the coronavirus?
According to the London Daily Mail, China officials admit they have made mistakes, and that it was too slow to react to coronavirus outbreak which has killed at least 213 people. This admission comes amidst claims that officials are hiding a higher death toll by cremating bodies.
The secretary of the ruling Communist party in Wuhan admitted he felt ‘remorse’ over the outbreak, saying the virus’s impact ‘would have been less’ if measures had been taken sooner.
The killer virus has spread around the world with confirmed cases in Britain, the US and India. This as governments scramble to close their borders and retrieve their worried citizens from Wuhan. China has since imposed a drastic quarantine on Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have jumped from wild animals sold for food at a city market, and then infected humans. Last week, China raised the death toll to 213 with nearly 10,000 people infected, but there are fears that the official figures are “way too low” – sparking claims of a cover-up.
Crematorium workers in the city claim that bodies are being sent from hospitals without being added to the official record. Some estimate that the real numbers are closer to 300 deaths, and 14,000 infected.
William Yang, an East Asia reporter for news site Deutsche Welle, said there were “reasons to remain skeptical about what China has been sharing with the world.”
Yang said, “While they have been more transparent about certain things related to the virus, they continue to be sketchy and unreliable in other aspects.”
Hong Kong-based news outlet Initium spoke to workers on the mainland who said bodies were being sent for cremation without being properly identified, Yang added.
“This means there are patients who died from the virus, but were not added to the official record,” Yang suggested.
China has taken extreme steps to stop the spread of the virus, including a quarantine of more than 50million people in Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province. Few governments could attempt such a feat but the quarantine is made possible by the ruling Communist Party’s extensive controls on society.
Wuhan mayor Zhou Xianwang said on Monday, that the task of containing the virus remains “severe and complex,” with the number of cases continuing to swell.
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