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Is China hiding COVID-19 death toll?

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Is China hiding COVID-19 death toll? 21 million cell phones disappeared, why?

  • 21 million cell phone accounts in China were cancelled after coronavirus

  • 840,000 landlines were closed in China

  • This sudden drop suggests a very high Coronavirus death toll

Since the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus which emerged in China's Wuhan, the pandemic has killed 15,374 people globally and infected 351,731 individuals. Recently the death toll in Italy surpassed the initial epicentre of the outbreak in China, where officially 3,153 people have died due to the COVID-19.

But recently Beijing authorities announced on March 19 that more than 21 million cell phone accounts were cancelled while in past three months 840,000 landlines were closed in China, which gives an idea that probably these closed numbers belonged to the people who died due to the disease.

Tang Jingyuan, a US-based China Affairs commentator told The Epoch Times on March 21:

"The digitization level is very high in China. People can't survive without a cell phone. Dealing with the government for pensions and social security, buying train tickets, shopping... no matter what people want to do, they are required to use cell phones.

"The Chinese regime requires all Chinese use their cell phones to generate a health code. Only with a green health code are Chinese allowed to move in China now.

"It's impossible for a person to cancel his cell phone."

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A woman holding her iPhone device Reuters

China telecom stats

The Chinese authority introduced mandatory facial scans on December 1, 2019, to confirm the identity of the person who registered the phone. The people in China also have to sync their bank accounts and social security account with their cell phone as all the apps can detect the SIM card and then check with the database to make sure the number belongs to the person.

In China, it is mandatory to install a cell phone app and register their personal health information. The app can generate a QR code which is possible in three colours to classify a person's health condition. In this case, red means the person has an infectious disease, while yellow and green represent the possibility of infectious disease and no sign of such illness respectively.

Beijing claimed that the health code has helped China to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country where 81,496 people got infected by the COVID-19.

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What about 21 million cell phone accounts?

On March 19, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced the numbers of cell phone users in every province in February. When these numbers are compared to the December 2019 data, it revealed that both cell phone users and landline users dropped dramatically.

The comparison showed that the number of cell phone users decreased from 1.600957 billion to 1.579927 billion, while landline users dropped from 190.83 million to 189.99 million.

It is possible that the nationwide lockdown in February was the reason behind the drop in the numbers of landline users as many companies were shut down, the quarantine scenario can't be a reason behind the drop in the cell phone users.

It should be noted that as per the reports China Telecom is the second-largest carrier which has lost 5.6 million users in February 2020 and lost 0.43 million users in January 2020. China Unicom also lost 1.186 million users in January 2020.

While the drop in these numbers showed a dramatic scenario in China, Tang said, "It's possible that some migrant workers had two cell phone numbers before. One is from their hometown, and the other is from the city they work in. In February, they might close the number in the city they work in because they couldn't go there."

It is possible that these workers may have gone to their home city for the Chinese New Year and after the travel ban, they did not get a chance to come back to China. It should be noted that in China there is a basic monthly fee to hold a cell phone account and the majority of migrant workers, who belong to the lowest income group, likely only have one cell phone account.

The economic downturn caused by the outbreak could have forced the Chinese people, who have two cell phones to cancel one of them.

While explaining the scenario in China, Tang said,"At present, we don't know the details of the data. If only 10 percent of the cell phone accounts were closed because the users died because of the CCP virus [Novel Coronavirus], the death toll would be two million."

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  • TrollmasterTrollmaster PEx Rookie ⭐
    edited March 27
    Don't trust China!  Taiwan is not having problems now because they did not trust the word of China last January!
  • TrollmasterTrollmaster PEx Rookie ⭐

    http://https//www.ibtimes.sg/china-hiding-covid-19-death-toll-21-million-cell-phones-disappeared-why-41580

    Is China hiding COVID-19 death toll? 21 million cell phones disappeared, why?

    • 21 million cell phone accounts in China were cancelled after coronavirus

    • 840,000 landlines were closed in China

    • This sudden drop suggests a very high Coronavirus death toll



    Don't trust China. The world pandemic is going crazy because China suppressed information about this last December. Italy and Iran paid dearly for it!
  • hellraiser2.hellraiser2. Registered User PEx Veteran ⭐⭐

    Beijing surveys Philippines reefs while donating virus tests                          

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    One simply can’t trust China’s communist rulers. As Beijing gave Manila Covid-19 test kits it bolstered control of two of seven Philippine reefs it illegally is occupying. Civilian ruses were used, no different from deploying fisheries militia to Philippine maritime jurisdictions.

    China’s Academy of Science “established two research stations” on Subi and Fiery Cross Reefs, the official Xinhua News Agency announced last weekend. “Scientists [will] live and conduct field research on ecology, geology, and environment.”

    The “research” constitutes further incursion in waters within the Philippines’ 200-mile exclusive economic zone plus 150-mile extended continental shelf. A satellite image of the station on Fiery Cross, Yongshu Island to Beijing, accompanied the Xinhua report.

    “The Yongshu station already has systems monitoring coral reef biomes, the island’s flora, and freshwater conservation. On the Zhubi (Subi) islands, it recently finished the designs for its seismic stability and freshwater monitoring systems,” Xinhua stated. “The academy said the stations will help scientists expand their research into deep-sea ecology, geology, environment, material sciences, and marine energy.”

    Twenty and 55 miles respectively from Philippine Pagasa island municipality, Subi and Fiery Cross are in fisheries-rich Spratlys. The archipelago is said to also contain oil, gas, and other minerals. From Subi, Beijing dispatches armed militia fishing vessels to swarm around Pagasa, spy on Philippine naval movements, and harass Filipino fishers.

    In the 2000s Beijing used the state-funded academy as mouthpiece to justify its unfounded claim over the entire South China Sea. In 2013 Beijing grabbed and concreted reefs into island fortresses, militarizing the waters through which flows yearly $5 trillion in world commerce. A seventh reef, Mischief 130 miles off Palawan, was occupied as far back as 1995 ostensibly as fishermen’s shelter. Renamed Meiji Island, it is now a base of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)-Navy. The academy also is the PLA’s frontline in surveying Benham Rise, the Philippines’ extended continental shelf on the Pacific side, for submarine berths.

    The UN arbitral court in 2016 outlawed Beijing’s expansive claim. It ruled that China violated Philippine maritime rights in grabbing the reefs, exploring the seabed, and poaching marine resources. Beijing ignored the verdict. Instead it augmented warships with armed Coast Guard, maritime enforcement, and fisheries militia – seemingly civilian but reporting to the PLA. The victorious communist force in 1949, the PLA is under the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Military Commission. The party chief, also the Chinese president, directly heads the CMC.

    Xinhua said “the two stations are branches of the academy’s general research center on Meiji Island [Mischief], which was built to support China’s undertakings in ecological protection, resource utilization, and sustainable development in the South China Sea. The Meiji Research Center was launched in 2018 and is run by the academy’s newly-established South China Sea Innovation Institute for Ecological and Environmental Engineering.”

    Last Saturday in Manila the Chinese embassy made a big show of donating 100,000 Covid-19 test kits to the Dept. of Foreign Affairs. It was the second dole; 2,000 kits came five days ahead. The Philippines direly needs testing and other medical supplies to contain the pandemic that sprang from Wuhan in Dec. (The first reported COVID-19 cases in the Philippines were a couple from Wuhan; the male died while the partner recovered.) Manila hosts about 150,000 Chinese workers in overseas gaming operations. A number of them are said to be military spies on immersion mission.

    Also last weekend in the Czech Republic, Beijing delivered a million respirators for potential severe Covid-19 patients. Earlier Prague received 250,000 test kits. Three more planeloads were expected Sunday with more respirators, two million face masks, personal protection equipment, and other medical supplies. In Dec. 2018 the Czech cyber-security agency became the first in Europe to ban Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE for spyware in 5G technologies. Last Dec. 2019 the prime minister suddenly sacked the three-year-long agency chief allegedly for inexperience. Before heading cyber-security the latter was for ten years with the Czech national security department.


     
  • Herr_StarrHerr_Starr Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Estimates Show Wuhan Death Toll Far Higher Than Official Figure


    As authorities lifted a two-month coronavirus lockdown in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, residents said they were growing increasingly skeptical that the figure of some 2,500 deaths in the city to date was accurate.

    Since the start of the week, seven large funeral homes in Wuhan have been handing out the cremated remains of around 500 people to their families every day, suggesting that far more people died than ever made the official statistics.

    "It can't be right ... because the incinerators have been working round the clock, so how can so few people have died?" an Wuhan resident surnamed Zhang told RFA on Friday.

    ...Social media users have been doing some basic math to figure out their daily capacity, while the news website Caixin.com reported that 5,000 urns had been delivered by a supplier to the Hankou Funeral Home in one day alone -- double the official number of deaths.

    Some social media posts have estimated that all seven funeral homes in Wuhan are handing out 3,500 urns every day in total.

    Funeral homes have informed families that they will try to complete cremations before the traditional grave-tending festival of Qing Ming on April 5, which would indicate a 12-day process beginning on March 23.

    Such an estimate would mean that 42,000 urns would be given out during that time.
  • bzbee9bzbee9 Member PEx Rookie ⭐

    Boris Johnson's government is reportedly furious with China and believes it could have 40 times more coronavirus cases than it claims

    REUTERS/Aly Song

    • UK government officials say there'll be "reckoning" for China over its handling of the coronavirus.

    • Boris Johnson's government is reportedly furious with the Chinese state.

    • It has accused of China of spreading disinformation and lying about the number of cases it has.

    • Scientists have reportedly warned Johnson that China could have up to 40 times more cases than it says.

    • It could prompt the prime minister to abandon his deal with Chinese telecomms company, Huawei.

    Boris Johnson's government is reportedly furious with China's handling of the coronavirus, with UK officials quoted on Sunday warning that Beijing faces a "reckoning" once the COVID-19 crisis is over.

    UK government officials believe China is spreading disinformation about the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, the Mail on Sunday reports.

    The newspaper says scientists have warned Johnson that China could have downplayed  its number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus "by a factor of 15 to 40 times." China had reported just 81,439 at the time of writing.

    Officials also believe China is trying to expand its economic power through offering help to other countries which are trying to combat the virus.

    The newspaper quoted three UK officials, who all reported fury within Johnson's government.

    One said: "It is going to be back to the diplomatic drawing board after this. Rethink is an understatement."

    The second unnamed official said "there has to be a reckoning when this is over," while the third said "the anger goes right to the top."

    The newspaper adds that Johnson's government is so angry with China's handling of the crisis that the prime minister could abandon his previous decision to let Chinese telecomms company Huawei develop the UK's 5g network.

    Johnson angered his main ally President Donald Trump by giving Huawei a limited but significant role in improving the country's infrastructure.

    The Trump administration was angered by the decision, with the president himself reportedly expressing his disapproval before hanging up in an "apoplectic" phone call with Johnson last month.

    The decision also riled swathes of MPs in Johnson's own Conservative party.

    One Cabinet minister quoted by the Mail on Sunday said: "We can't stand by and allow the Chinese state's desire for secrecy to ruin the world's economy and then come back like nothing has happened.

    "We're allowing companies like Huawei not just into our economy, but to be a crucial part of our infrastructure.

    'This needs to be reviewed urgently, as does any strategically important infrastructure that relies on Chinese supply chains."

    Johnson has written to every household in the UK urging people to continue following strict social distancing rules.

    In the letter, which will reach Brits in the next few days, the prime minister, who this week tested positive for the coronavirus, says: "We know things will get worse before they get better."

    "But we are making the right preparations, and the more we all follow the rules, the fewer lives will be lost and the sooner life can return to normal."

    The prime minister earlier this week introduced a lockdown, telling people to only leave their homes for essential reasons and giving UK police the power to fine those who do not comply.

  • hsusonhsuson Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    China hides many things.

    Full of SH!T kasi 

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    edited March 30
    bzbee9 said:

    Boris Johnson's government is reportedly furious with China and believes it could have 40 times more coronavirus cases than it claims

    REUTERS/Aly Song

    • UK government officials say there'll be "reckoning" for China over its handling of the coronavirus.

    • Boris Johnson's government is reportedly furious with the Chinese state.

    • It has accused of China of spreading disinformation and lying about the number of cases it has.

    • Scientists have reportedly warned Johnson that China could have up to 40 times more cases than it says.

    • It could prompt the prime minister to abandon his deal with Chinese telecomms company, Huawei.

    Boris Johnson's government is reportedly furious with China's handling of the coronavirus, with UK officials quoted on Sunday warning that Beijing faces a "reckoning" once the COVID-19 crisis is over.

    UK government officials believe China is spreading disinformation about the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, the Mail on Sunday reports.

    The newspaper says scientists have warned Johnson that China could have downplayed  its number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus "by a factor of 15 to 40 times." China had reported just 81,439 at the time of writing.

    Officials also believe China is trying to expand its economic power through offering help to other countries which are trying to combat the virus.

    The newspaper quoted three UK officials, who all reported fury within Johnson's government.

    One said: "It is going to be back to the diplomatic drawing board after this. Rethink is an understatement."

    The second unnamed official said "there has to be a reckoning when this is over," while the third said "the anger goes right to the top."

    The newspaper adds that Johnson's government is so angry with China's handling of the crisis that the prime minister could abandon his previous decision to let Chinese telecomms company Huawei develop the UK's 5g network.

    Johnson angered his main ally President Donald Trump by giving Huawei a limited but significant role in improving the country's infrastructure.

    The Trump administration was angered by the decision, with the president himself reportedly expressing his disapproval before hanging up in an "apoplectic" phone call with Johnson last month.

    The decision also riled swathes of MPs in Johnson's own Conservative party.

    One Cabinet minister quoted by the Mail on Sunday said: "We can't stand by and allow the Chinese state's desire for secrecy to ruin the world's economy and then come back like nothing has happened.

    "We're allowing companies like Huawei not just into our economy, but to be a crucial part of our infrastructure.

    'This needs to be reviewed urgently, as does any strategically important infrastructure that relies on Chinese supply chains."

    Johnson has written to every household in the UK urging people to continue following strict social distancing rules.

    In the letter, which will reach Brits in the next few days, the prime minister, who this week tested positive for the coronavirus, says: "We know things will get worse before they get better."

    "But we are making the right preparations, and the more we all follow the rules, the fewer lives will be lost and the sooner life can return to normal."

    The prime minister earlier this week introduced a lockdown, telling people to only leave their homes for essential reasons and giving UK police the power to fine those who do not comply.

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  • TrollmasterTrollmaster PEx Rookie ⭐
    China: "There's a zucker born every minute"    :rofl:  
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    bzbee9 said:

    Boris Johnson's government is reportedly furious with China and believes it could have 40 times more coronavirus cases than it claims

    REUTERS/Aly Song

    • UK government officials say there'll be "reckoning" for China over its handling of the coronavirus.

    • Boris Johnson's government is reportedly furious with the Chinese state.

    • It has accused of China of spreading disinformation and lying about the number of cases it has.

    • Scientists have reportedly warned Johnson that China could have up to 40 times more cases than it says.

    • It could prompt the prime minister to abandon his deal with Chinese telecomms company, Huawei.

    Boris Johnson's government is reportedly furious with China's handling of the coronavirus, with UK officials quoted on Sunday warning that Beijing faces a "reckoning" once the COVID-19 crisis is over.

    UK government officials believe China is spreading disinformation about the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, the Mail on Sunday reports.

    The newspaper says scientists have warned Johnson that China could have downplayed  its number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus "by a factor of 15 to 40 times." China had reported just 81,439 at the time of writing.

    Officials also believe China is trying to expand its economic power through offering help to other countries which are trying to combat the virus.

    The newspaper quoted three UK officials, who all reported fury within Johnson's government.

    One said: "It is going to be back to the diplomatic drawing board after this. Rethink is an understatement."

    The second unnamed official said "there has to be a reckoning when this is over," while the third said "the anger goes right to the top."

    The newspaper adds that Johnson's government is so angry with China's handling of the crisis that the prime minister could abandon his previous decision to let Chinese telecomms company Huawei develop the UK's 5g network.

    Johnson angered his main ally President Donald Trump by giving Huawei a limited but significant role in improving the country's infrastructure.

    The Trump administration was angered by the decision, with the president himself reportedly expressing his disapproval before hanging up in an "apoplectic" phone call with Johnson last month.

    The decision also riled swathes of MPs in Johnson's own Conservative party.

    One Cabinet minister quoted by the Mail on Sunday said: "We can't stand by and allow the Chinese state's desire for secrecy to ruin the world's economy and then come back like nothing has happened.

    "We're allowing companies like Huawei not just into our economy, but to be a crucial part of our infrastructure.

    'This needs to be reviewed urgently, as does any strategically important infrastructure that relies on Chinese supply chains."

    Johnson has written to every household in the UK urging people to continue following strict social distancing rules.

    In the letter, which will reach Brits in the next few days, the prime minister, who this week tested positive for the coronavirus, says: "We know things will get worse before they get better."

    "But we are making the right preparations, and the more we all follow the rules, the fewer lives will be lost and the sooner life can return to normal."

    The prime minister earlier this week introduced a lockdown, telling people to only leave their homes for essential reasons and giving UK police the power to fine those who do not comply.


    China:  "There's a suckar born every minute"      :rofl:  
  • hellraiser2.hellraiser2. Registered User PEx Veteran ⭐⭐

    Wuhan residents say coronavirus figures released by China don't add up


    Chinese officials, desperate to recast the country as a global leader that has conquered the coronavirus, have been saying that its death rates are decreasing in the city of Wuhan. The problem, residents say, is that the numbers don't add up.

    Wuhan, the first epicenter of the global outbreak, began lifting its two-month lockdown over the weekend. The city in Central China restarted some subway service, reopened its borders and allowed families to reunite.

    The move is part of Beijing's choreographed campaign to mark a turning point in China's fight against the deadly virus, which has spread around much of the world and has infected over 732,000 people as of Monday morning. Of those, 34,686 people have died.

    Despite China's propaganda pushers being all smiles for the international community, residents told Radio Free Asia that Beijing's claims that there were only 2,500 deaths in Wuhan is far from reality.

    For more than a week, seven large funeral homes that serve Wuhan have been handing out the cremated remains of about 500 people to their families every day. When added, the figure puts the official number the Chinese government has claimed into question.

    "It can't be right ... because the incinerators have been working round the clock, so how can so few people have died," said Zhang, a Wuhan resident who only gave Radio Free Asia his last name. "They started distributing ashes and starting interment ceremonies on Monday."

    Wuhan accounts for about 60 percent of China's coronavirus cases, but the numbers the government has been putting out has fallen sharply in weeks, a sign, the government says, that its aggressive measures are working.

    Social media users aren't buying it and have taken the country to task, doing basic math and finding faulty figures in the government's reporting.

    The news website Caixin.com reported that 5,000 urns had been delivered by a supplier to the Hankou Funeral Home in one day. That's double the number of deaths Xi's officials claimed. There have also been social media posts that have claimed all seven of Wuhan's funeral homes have handed out 3,500 urns every day.

    Radio Free Asia reported that funeral homes told families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 that they will try to "complete cremations before the traditional grave-tending festival of Qing Ming on April 5, which would indicate a 12-day process beginning on Mach 23. Such an estimate would mean that 42,000 urns would be given out during that time."

    Another online estimate is based on the cremation capacity of funeral homes in Wuhan, which runs 84 furnaces with a capacity over a 24-hour period of 1,560 urns. That estimate puts the number of estimated deaths in Wuhan at 46,800.

    Another resident of the Hubei province – where Wuhan is the capital – told RFA that the majority of people there believe more than 40,000 people died before and during the lockdown. That's tens of thousands more than the government has claimed.

    "Maybe the authorities are gradually releasing the real figures, intentionally or unintentionally, so that people will gradually come to accept the reality," the resident, who only gave his last name as Mao, said.

    One source close to the civil affairs bureau told RFA that the true number of deaths was a sensitive subject in the communist country and that authorities probably know the real number but are keeping it under wraps.

    There have also been claims of city officials paying off families in exchange for their silence.

    "There have been a lot of funerals in the past few days, and the authorities are handing out 3,000 yuan in hush money to families who get their loved ones remains laid to rest ahead of Qing Ming," Wuhan resident Chen Yaohui said. "It's to stop them keeing (a traditional expression of grief); nobody's allowed to keen after [the festival] Qing Ming has passed."

    Chen told the news outlet that no one in Wuhan believes the official death toll is 2,500.

    "Before the epidemic began, the city's crematoriums typically cremated around 220 people a day," he said, adding that during the epidemic, the government transferred cremation workers from around China to Wuhan to cremate bodies around the clock.

  • hellraiser2.hellraiser2. Registered User PEx Veteran ⭐⭐

    Wuhan Residents Dismiss Official Coronavirus Death Toll: ‘The Incinerators Have Been Working Around the Clock’



    Wuhan residents are increasingly skeptical of the Chinese Communist Party’s reported coronavirus death count of approximately 2,500 deaths in the city to date, with most people believing the actual number is at least 40,000.

    “Maybe the authorities are gradually releasing the real figures, intentionally or unintentionally, so that people will gradually come to accept the reality,” a Wuhan resident, who gave only his surname Mao, told Radio Free Asia.

    A city source added that, based on the aggregation of funeral and cremation numbers, authorities likely know the real number and are keeping it under wraps.

    “Every funeral home reports data on cremations directly to the authorities twice daily,” the source said. “This means that each funeral home only knows how many cremations it has conducted, but not the situation at the other funeral homes.”

    The city began lifting its lockdown on Saturday after two months of mandatory shutdown, with a complete lift of restrictions set for April 8. Funeral homes in Wuhan have been handing out the cremated remains to families every day, but rumors began circulating after one funeral home received two shipments of 5,000 urns over the course of two days, according to photos reported by Chinese media outlet Caixin, which were later censored.

    Reports of the funeral’s crematoriums working nonstop also raised questions.

    “It can’t be right … because the incinerators have been working round the clock, so how can so few people have died?” a man surnamed Zhang told RFA.

    Wuhan residents said the government was paying families 3,000 yuan for “funeral allowances” in exchange for silence.

    “There have been a lot of funerals in the past few days, and the authorities are handing out 3,000 yuan in hush money to families who get their loved ones’ remains laid to rest ahead of Qing Ming,” Wuhan resident Chen Yaohui said, in a reference to the traditional grave tending festival on April 5.

    “During the epidemic, they transferred cremation workers from around China to Wuhan keep cremate bodies around the clock,” he added.

    China has used state propaganda in an attempt to avoid blame for the spreading of COVID-19, despite reports showing how the government suppressed initial reports of human-to-human transmission and gagged Wuhan labs that discovered the novel virus resembled the deadly SARS virus of 2002-2003.



  • hsusonhsuson Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    China is SH!T.

    Hiding pertinent data from the world.

    Payback is coming.
  • TrollmasterTrollmaster PEx Rookie ⭐
    China was even demanding other countries to drop their China travel bans last January.
    (translation: para may karamay daw sila sa pagluluksa in the succeeding months)
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    Residents: ‘Nobody in Wuhan Believes the Official Numbers’ of Coronavirus Deaths

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    Multiple reports published on Wednesday quoting residents of Wuhan, China, the city where the coronavirus pandemic originated, found extreme skepticism among locals that the Communist Party’s official coronavirus death toll truly reflects the disease’s impact on the community.

    Dictator Xi Jinping declared Wuhan on the road to recovery in mid-March, visiting the central Chinese city for the first time despite evidence that the pandemic began there as early as November 2019.

    This weekend, the government opened Wuhan’s subway system to customers for the first time since the lockdown there began in January and began allowing the families of the dead to pick up urns holding the remains of their loved ones. The number of urns handed out at Wuhan’s seven funeral homes, multiple reports found, is somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000, suggesting that the real death toll of the coronavirus in Wuhan is at least ten times what the Chinese regime claimed it was.

    Speaking to the Spanish newswire service EFE, Wuhan residents who declined to give their names out of fear of reprisals from the government said they knew of no one in the city who believed the Communist Party’s estimates.

    “There are suspicions that many people died in their homes without being diagnosed and, at first, there were no kits to do the test,” one anonymous resident said. “Many people would die, officially, of a cold or some other disease. But there are stories going around of citizens who were made to sign death certificates of relatives without any other explanation.”

    “Nobody in Wuhan believes the official numbers. The real one, only they know,” the resident said, pointing to the sky, presumably referring to the dead themselves.

    EFE noted that much of the online chatter on Weibo, the legal Chinese social media outlet, has grown increasingly frustrated with the Communist Party, but has resulted in increased censorship. One comment the news service noted merely advised readers to read quickly, as any comment potentially hinting at dissent with the government would rapidly disappear.

    The Spanish news service said its reporters attempted to enter a Wuhan funeral home to ask workers there about the number of urns, but authorities blocked them on the grounds of Chinese culture demanding privacy for the loved ones picking up remains.

    The Epoch Times, a U.S.-based anti-communist newspaper, also published remarks from unnamed Wuhan locals on Thursday who not only believe the Chinese government’s death tolls are artificially deflated but that allowing relatives to crowd in front of funeral homes to collect the remains of their loved ones exposes them unnecessarily to coronavirus infection.

    “The relatives were anxious. Most people are still restricted from going out. You have to pick up the ashes, in accordance with the community’s request. The community centers arranged cars to pick you up. There is also a risk of infection in the car,” a man identified as “Mr. Liu” told the newspaper. “Once the funeral homes hand you the ashes, their job is done and they don’t care for anything else. It is very likely that there were too many urns there and no space to store them. So, it was necessary to inform the families to take them away.”

    “Just exactly how many Wuhan residents have died from the virus if the line at the cemetery is so long?” another unnamed resident said. “China’s official media reported over 3,000 coronavirus deaths. I think the real figure is at least ten times the official figure, and even 100 times is not impossible.”

    “The citizens of Wuhan believe that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) concealed the true death toll,” the Epoch Times concluded. “They made this judgment based on two facts: one, the lines outside the funeral home to collect the ashes are very long, and two, the medical standards of European and American countries are higher than those in China. But the reported death rates in these countries are higher than that of China.”

    In late March, shortly after Xi’s visit to Wuhan, reports began surfacing of doctors at Wuhan hospitals being forced to release individuals in the week preceding Xi’s arrival and declare them “cured” of coronavirus so that Beijing could tell the world that the outbreak was ebbing. The result was likely deliberately exposing Chinese citizens to infection.

    “There are 60 million people in Hubei [the province where Wuhan is located], and they have all just been left to live or die without any help,” Zhang Ruyi, a Wuhan resident, told Radio Free Asia. “It’s basically down to a person’s immune system.”

    Like the others, Zhang questioned the official statistics: “They are saying that only a few thousand died here in Wuhan, but does that sound right?”

    A bombshell report by the Chinese independent outlet Caixin estimated that just one of Wuhan’s seven funeral homes handed out 5,000 urns in one day last week. Beijing claims about 2,000 fewer deaths than that nationwide for the entirety of the pandemic.

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    U.K. Purchased Millions of Unreliable Coronavirus Tests from China


    The United Kingdom on Monday revealed that all 17.5 million Coronavirus antibody test kits the country ordered from China are unreliable when used outside “severely ill” populations.

    “The test developed in China was validated against patients who were severely ill,” Professor John Bell, coordinator of coronavirus testing for Public Health England, told reporters. “Whereas we want to use the test in the context of a wider range of levels of infection….So for our purposes, we need a test that performs better than some of these other tests.”

    Bell added, “We see many false negatives… and we also see false positives. This is not a good result or test suppliers or for us.”

    In response to the news, the Prime Minister’s Office announced it would attempt to get refunds for some orders.

    “If the tests don’t work then the orders that we placed will be canceled and wherever possible we will recover the costs,” the PMO said. As of Monday, Britain had confirmed over 52,000 coronavirus cases and 5,000 deaths, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson working from the hospital after contracting coronavirus.

    Britain has become the latest European nation to report on unreliable medical equipment shipped from China. In late March, the Czech Republic announced that up to 80 percent of 150,000 coronavirus test kits purchased from China were faulty. Czech interior minister Jan Hamacek said at the time that the tests could still be used if a patient had felt sick for a long time.

    Spain was also forced to scrap a shipment of test kits from China after finding that the tests accurately detected coronavirus cases only 30 percent of the time. Currently, Spain has confirmed 135,000 cases with 13,000 deaths, while the Czech Republic has reported over 4,700 cases and 78 deaths.

    China in mid-March also announced that it would donate medical equipment to Italy, which has recorded 132,500 coronavirus outbreaks with 16,500 deaths as of Monday. However, despite the announcement, China actually sold the equipment to Italy, and then forced Italy to buy back medical equipment it had donated to China at the start of the pandemic, the Spectator reported.


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