China: Communist Party Coronavirus Numbers Don’t Add Up – Too many urns, Missing cell phone accounts

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Chinese Communist Party’s Coronavirus Numbers Don’t Add Up
April 20, 2020

( Wuhan, where the coronavirus pandemic originated (also called the CCP virus after the Chinese Communist Party, or COVID-19), revised the local death toll by 1,290 to 3,869 (a 50% increase) on April 17, 2020. Even so, mounting evidence indicates that the actual fatalities and number of infections in Wuhan and the rest of China are much higher than officially reported.

One estimate puts the coronavirus deaths in Wuhan at least 45,000, which was inferred from the number of urns that contained ashes of deceased coronavirus patients and were distributed to their surviving family members in recent weeks. Another estimate based on cremation data and independent investigation put the death toll in Wuhan at around 120,000.

An insider said the central government had actually put the number of deaths at around 280,000. Still, the mysterious sharp decline in cell phone users in China (21 million in January and February of this year) may point to an even gloomier picture of casualties.

As part of information control and censorship, numbers can be highly confidential and hard to verify in China. The Chinese director of the National Bureau of Statistics admitted that some “statistics are falsified,” and that “fraud and deception happen from time to time,” according to a report from Financial Times on December 8, 2016.

High Number of Urns
China has officially reported 82,719 cases of infection and about 4,632 deaths as of April 18, 2020. As the number of coronavirus patients skyrocketed in other countries, many people questioned the credibility of China’s data.

Hankou Funeral Home in Wuhan distributed an average of 500 urns of coronavirus patients’ ashes every day between March 23 and April 4. That was 6,500 coronavirus deaths (13 days x 500 urns), which already exceeds the reported nationwide fatalities.

There are 7 funeral homes in Wuhan, which would make the total coronavirus deaths at least around 45,500 (6,500 x 7).

“A report received by in early April described this scenario: Zheng, a doctor who works in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a certain hospital in Hubei Province, said it was common to label coronavirus patients as other illnesses. “There are still patients being treated, but officially we have zero coronavirus patients,” he said.

Over a dozen seriously ill patients had been admitted to the ICU. To align with higher officials’ claim of a “low death rate and high recovery rate,” only five of Dr. Zheng’s ICU patients were reported as coronavirus patients and were “discharged upon recovery.” Later that day, those same patients were readmitted as having strokes, Alzheimer’s, and other illnesses.”

It has been no secret since the beginning of the month, but response has been lackluster:

Scientists claim China is lying about total coronavirus COVID-19 cases
Scientific advisors have said that China’s coronavirus COVID-19 infection data is downplayed, by quite a lot

The coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak is spreading around the world, and as the virus begins to grow, the place that it originated from seems to have somewhat contained the spread.

The origin of COVID-19 was Wuhan, China, and according to China’s data, and also Johns Hopkins interactive global spread tracker, China currently has 82,122 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Scientific advisors have reportedly spoken to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and said that the Chinese communist government is downplaying their infection numbers and that the outbreak in their country is like “15 to 40 times” higher than the released statistics.

The Daily Mail reported that “Mr. Johnson has been warned by scientific advisers that China’s officially declared statistics on the number of cases of coronavirus could be ‘downplayed by a factor of 15 to 40 times and [the British government] believes China is seeking to build its economic power during the pandemic with ‘predatory offers of help’ [to] countries around the world.'”

If this true, and China is actually lying about its infection numbers, it wouldn’t be the first time the country has done something like this. Back in April 2003 during the SARS outbreak, The New York Times reported that China was suppressing the amount of actual SARS cases.

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