Well, it turns out our suspicions of China lying to us about the coronavirus were indeed true.
According to Chinese government data just obtained by the South China Morning Post, over 43,000 people who tested positive for the coronavirus were not included in the officially tally of confirmed coronavirus cases in China.
The Communist Chinese government purposefully withheld these people from the count, claiming they were "silent carriers" and had little to no symptoms.
More from the Daily Caller:
The asymptomatic individuals were placed in quarantine and were monitored by authorities, but they were not added to the China’s official tally of confirmed coronavirus cases, the SCMP reported.
China’s failure to report asymptomatic coronavirus cases in its official tally goes against the World Health Organization’s guidance that anyone who tests positive for the virus should be counted as a confirmed case, regardless of their symptoms.
WHO has said that asymptomatic transmission of coronavirus is “extremely rare,” however, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has reported instances of asymptomatic individuals spreading the virus.
And it gets even worse.
A study recently estimated that up to 79% of coronavirus cases in Wuhan were spread by people who had had little to no symptoms. The study included experts from the U.S., China and Britain.
“These undocumented infections often experience mild, limited, or no symptoms and hence go unrecognized, and, depending on their contagiousness and numbers, can expose a far greater portion of the population to the virus than would otherwise occur,” the various experts concluded.
Since the coronavirus outbreak began, China has been blasted for failing to report the truth about what's really going on over there.
The Daily Caller goes on to explain:
In early January, Chinese authorities reprimanded of the first doctors in Wuhan to warn people about the virus, accusing him of “spreading rumors online” and “severely disrupting social order.”
The doctor, 34-year-old Li Wenliang, was forced to sign a statement apologizing for blowing the whistle on the virus. Li died from coronavirus in February.
Five million people fled Wuhan by the time Chinese authorities locked down what was then the epicenter of the virus on Jan. 23, enabling the virus to spread around the world at a remarkable pace.
As of Monday morning there have been 343,692 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 15,430 deaths worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Pretty troubling stuff.
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