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Real Coronavirus death figures leaked? Tencent lists over 24,000 deaths, 1.54 lakh infected in China

China Coronavirus outbreak: Have real Coronavirus death figures leaked? Tencent, the second largest multinational conglomerate holding company in China has allegedly published “real” data on the novel coronavirus deaths, with briefly listing death toll as 24,589 — way too higher than over 500 deaths China has officially announced to date.

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New Delhi Updated on: February 06, 2020 14:37 IST
Real Coronavirus death figures leaked? Tencent lists over

Real Coronavirus death figures leaked? Tencent lists over 24,000 deaths, and 1.54 lakh infected in China

China Coronavirus outbreak: Have real Coronavirus death figures leaked? Tencent, the second largest multinational conglomerate holding company in China has allegedly published “real” data on the novel coronavirus deaths, with briefly listing death toll as 24,589 — way too higher than over 500 deaths China has officially announced to date.

This comes amid widespread speculation that the Communist Party in Beijing may be suppressing the ravages of the deadly flu-like virus. China's Communist Party has been accused of under-reporting the official figures and cracking down on medics who have attempted to reveal the truth. 

According to Taiwan News, “Tencent… seems to have inadvertently released what is potentially the actual number of infections and deaths, which were astronomically higher than official figures”.

Tencent, on its webpage titled “Epidemic Situation Tracker,” showed confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China as standing at 154,023 – over 10 times the official figure given to the world on February 1.

It 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”.

Once people noticed this, Tencent immediately updated the numbers to reflect the government’s “official” numbers.

It was swiftly updated to reflect the official figures of 14,446 infected and 304 dead.

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Real Coronavirus death figures leaked? Tencent lists over 24,000 deaths, and 1.54 lakh infected in China

“Netizens noticed that Tencent has on at least three occasions posted extremely high numbers, only to quickly lower them to government-approved statistics,” said the report.

Some people speculated a coding problem may be behind the real “internal” data but others believe that someone is actually trying to reveal the real numbers.

Tencent was yet to officially comment on these reports. “According to multiple sources in Wuhan, many coronavirus patients are unable to receive treatment and die outside of hospitals.”

There have been multiple reports of Wuhan officials cremating deceased coronavirus victims before they could be added to the official death toll.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the coronavirus numbers coming out of China are “fishy”.

If the numbers from the alleged Tencent leak are accurate, it would put coronavirus’ mortality rate at almost 16 per cent. By comparison, SARS’ mortality rate was 9.6 per cent, reports CCN.

Caijing, an independent magazine based in Beijing that covers societal, political, and economic issues, has also claimed that the Communist Party of China (CCP) is underreporting the extent of the coronavirus outbreak.

Caijing’s article on Coronavirus that detailed how Wuhan officials are not reporting real figures were censored in China.

China on Thursday reported the death toll from the coronavirus had risen by 73 to 563, with the number of confirmed cases jumping by 3,694 to 28,018, the majority in and around Wuhan.

(With IANS inputs)

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