President Donald Trump has hinted that China continues to hide its CCP Virus (coronavirus) death toll after Chinese authorities raised sharply data from Wuhan, the country’s epicenter of the virus outbreak.
“China has just announced a doubling in the number of their deaths from the Invisible Enemy,” President Trump said in a tweet on Friday, April 17, referring the CCP Virus.
“It is far higher than that and far higher than the U.S., not even close!” he added, suggesting China is concealing the extent of the epidemic.
Earlier on Friday, Chinese officials admitted to underreporting the number of CCP Virus-related deaths in Wuhan. Accordingly, China raised the death toll in the central city by 50%, placing the new tally at 3,869 deaths, an increase of 1,290 from the previous figure.
The number of cumulative confirmed cases in Wuhan was also revised upward to 50,333, an increase of 325.
China released its new death toll one day after White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Thursday that he does not believe “at all” in Chinese reporting on the virus.
According to data from the Worldometer website, the CCP Virus has infected more than 82,700 and killed more than 4,600 people in China as of Saturday. That means China has recorded only three deaths per 1 million of the population, compared to the world’s average of 19.9 deaths per 1 million although the CCP Virus first emerged in Wuhan.
According to the New York Post, Chinese data is widely considered unreliable due to pervasive underreporting by local officials fearful of punishment for recording accurate figures.
President Trump earlier this week suspended U.S. funding for the World Health Organization (WHO), accusing the organization of circulating phony data from China, leaving the world unprepared for the scope of the crisis.