Economy

China's Asymptomatic Coronavirus Case Numbers Don't Tell the Whole Story

China's Asymptomatic Coronavirus Case Numbers Don't Tell the Whole Story”

China on Thursday reported 35 new cases of symptomatic coronavirus infection for the mainland, all in people arriving at its border after contracting the virus.

A United States intelligence report submitted last week to the White House claims that Chinese officials concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, under-reporting both deaths and case figures, according to a report published Wednesday by Bloomberg.

A worker in a protective outfit checks the body temperature of a woman at the entrance of a bank in Wuhan, China.

The coronavirus outbreak began in China in late 2019 but Beijing has reported fewer cases and deaths than in the USA, which now has the world's largest outbreak, with 215,000 confirmed cases and more than 5,000 deaths.

They said 1,367 asymptomatic people are under observation, with 130 of them confirmed on Tuesday.

According to three officials with knowledge, a classified report received by the White House last week concluded that China's public reporting has been intentionally incomplete and their numbers fake.

The Chinese Communist Party disputed the American intelligence community's conclusion that Beijing hid the extent of the coronavirus outbreak, saying its response was "open and transparent" and accusing the USA of fumbling its handling of the pandemic, according to a report.

News about this report with U.S. intelligence conclusions was reported by Bloomberg, which noted that the Chinese government has only just now started to add asymptomatic cases to its total number of coronavirus cases after leaving them out of the total for weeks.

China on Wednesday began publishing asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 alongside active cases of the deadly virus.

More news: Jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr. dies of coronavirus complications at 85

China has revised the way it counts cases.

The controversy around Beijing's transparency has strained ties, adding to tensions triggered by a conspiracy theory in China that the U.S. military was to blame for the virus.

The US, where the outbreak is the worst, has confirmed more than 200,000 infections and 4,542 deaths.

"We'd like to provide support and help to them as our capacity allows", Hua said.

Deborah Birx, the U.S. State Department immunologist advising the White House on its response to the outbreak, said Tuesday that China's public reporting influenced assumptions elsewhere in the world about the nature of the virus. "Shutting down movie theaters and reports of massively increased cremations just don't square with the nothing-to-see-here numbers they're pushing".

While the domestic coronavirus epidemic has abated due to aggressive containment measures, public appeals for releasing more information on asymptomatic people and tightening control over them have been running high, China Daily reported.

Republican lawmakers this week called for an investigation into a possible coverup by China, as well as the disappearance of three citizen journalists, Fang Bin, Chen Qiushi and Li Zehua, who went missing after reporting from Wuhan.

A Newsweek report earlier this week said that deaths in China could in fact be in the tens of thousands as opposed to around 3,000 deaths reported so far. "Do your best to share that information", he said.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


02 April 2020
Kim Kardashian left bleeding after fight with Kourtney Kardashian
It's been tough juggling it all and you really have to put yourself on the back burner and just focus on the kids". It has been really challenging.

02 April 2020
Thieves use coronavirus shutdown to steal Van Gogh painting
Evert van Os, the museum's general director, said the institution was "angry, shocked , sad" at the theft. Dutch police are analyzing forensic evidence in the hope that it will help identify the art thieves.

02 April 2020
Microsoft Is All Set To Take Down Grammarly With 'Microsoft Editor'
Hopefully, Grammarly brings native support to Apple Pages as well, as many Mac users prefer using Pages over Microsoft Word. Additionally, there will be free extensions for Microsoft Edge and Chrome will let users access the editor across the web.

02 April 2020
U.S. futures are rising ahead of unemployment numbers
Tens of thousands of unemployment claims were filed by Nebraskans in the week ending March 28, according to numbers from the U.S. In addition to hotels, the manufacturing and retail sectors have also seen major job losses.

02 April 2020
Love Wedding Repeat Trailer: Sam Claflin Stars in Netflix New Rom-Com
Netflix fulfills our rom-com self-isolation needs with the streaming service's latest heartfelt flick. Filmed in Rome, Love Wedding Repeat was produced by Guglielmo Marchetti and Piers Tempest.

02 April 2020
Should you wear a homemade face mask?
Jerome Adams continues to downplay need for general public to wear masks; reaction from Fox News medical contributor Dr. So why are these guidelines under active discussion? Production of protective masks has ramped up across the globe.

02 April 2020
Hospital ship sails into NY
The governors of Maryland, Virginia and Arizona issued "stay-at-home" orders as cases rose in those states, as did Washington, DC. The floating hospital was dispatched to NY to aid the city's hospitals as coronavirus continues to dominate the Empire State.

02 April 2020
Nvidia Announces RTX Super Mobile GPUs for Gaming Laptops
The GS66 Stealth is now available for pre-order at Newegg starting at $1,599 (about £1,291, AU$2,630). Speaking of expensive, the next of the standout RTX Super-sporting laptops is the Razer Blade 15 .

02 April 2020
Coronavirus Death Toll In Spain Tops 10,000
Spain has been on lockdown since March 14, but on Monday economic activity was further restricted to stem the contagion. The total number of pending or active cases in Spain was 73,492 on Thursday, the government said.

02 April 2020
White House: In worst Scenario, 200,000 Americans could die’
USA president Donald Trump said that the grim numbers come from the "most accurate" study so far which landed on his desk Sunday. At least 2,572 have died. "If we could hold that down to a 100,000 - it's a awful number - we've done a very good job".