Published On: Sat, May 2nd, 2020

‘No doubt’ China is concealing true coronavirus figures – expert’s bombshell claim | World | News


Eyebrows have been raised across the world at the official figures for cases and deaths in the massive country, which has a population of more than 1.4 billion, where the coronavirus outbreak started. Johns Hopkins University’s  Resource Centre, which keeps a running total of worldwide confirmed cases, puts ‘s official tally at 83,958, with an overall death toll of 4,637. Of these, 4,512 occurred in Hubei province, location of , the city where the disease was first identified at the end of last year.

In Shanghai, China’s financial heart, with a metropolitan population of 34 million, there are officially fewer than 652 cases – and seven deaths.

Professor Steve Tsang, director of the China Institute at the School of African Studies (SOAS), is one of many who is highly sceptical.

He added: “Part of the reason why figures seem low applies everywhere, not just China.

“It’s very difficult to tell what is going on in the community.

China's President Xi Jinping

China’s President Xi Jinping (Image: GETTY)

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Prof Tsang said the plight of Italy marked a crucial phase (Image: GETTY)

“Therefore figures are likely to be a lot higher than initially reported.

“One of the problems was they were caught by surprise by this.

“The situation in Wuhan at the start was complete and utter chaos.”

However, he added: “Shanghai was probably better prepared than a lot of places in the country.

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Shanghai

Shanghai is China’s financial heart (Image: GETTY)

He said: “But seven extra deaths from coronavirus is statistically insignificant and seems extremely low – although obviously I can’t say what the true figure would be.

“It wouldn’t be all that difficult to work out though, by comparing average death rates for the month with actual ones.”

Prof Tsang said: “There is no doubt China has been under-reporting the actual number of cases.

“Ultimately, everything at every level in China is political and this is no different.

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US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump (Image: GETTY)

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang (Image: GETTY)

“The fact that a nine-member committee appointed to oversee the operation contained two people responsible for propaganda is highly indicative.”

Looking ahead, he said the Chinese Government would now seek ways of turning the situation to its advantage.

He said: “The strategy is now to take control of the narrative and that is what they have been doing.

Coronavirus breeding grounds

Coronavirus breeding grounds (Image: Daily Express)

“The key moment was when cases and deaths in Italy began to outstrip those of China.

“At that point, they began contrasting the situation in Western democracies with the situation domestically.

“Already there have been instances of students studying overseas returning to China because they believe it is safer.”

Speaking on Monday, US President Donald Trump claimed China could have stopped the coronavirus, and said his administration was conducting “serious investigations” into what happened.

Wuhan Airport

A deep clean of Wuhan Airport (Image: GETTY)

He added: “We believe it could have been stopped at the source. It could have been stopped quickly and it wouldn’t have spread all over the world.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang responded by telling reporters in Beijing US politicians were trying to deflect attention away from themselves.

He said: “Attempts to shift the blame on China will not denigrate China’s efforts in responding to the virus.”



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