So far, estimates of the spread of the coronavirus from Wuhan, the epicenter exceed 10,000 infected with more than 200 deaths in China, but the potential for casualties could be comparatively higher if the figures revealed by a Chinese online service provider Tencent are taken into account.
On Saturday, Feb. 1, China’s second largest company, which has been providing statistics on the number of infections and deaths, raised alarms after momentarily showing in one of the updates of the “Epidemic Tracker” a figure of 154,023 people infected and 24,589 dead.
But the information that revealed how the cases of infection exceeded 10 times the official figures, was quickly updated and adjusted so that it was in line with the data so far offered, reflecting a figure of 14,446 infected and 304 deaths, according to a report from Taiwan News.
The images revealed sparked all sorts of comments from Internet users who, amid speculation, claimed that the published data had been revealed by journalists with a conscience who defied the information provided by Beijing.
Meanwhile, others said that the screenshots that went viral with the revealing information had been digitally altered.
As the Daily Mail has indicated, discussions about the screenshots from Tencent’s page began to circulate on the social networks Facebook and Twitter, which are not allowed in China.
According to the Daily Mail, the Chinese communist regime has been accused of underreporting and cracking down on doctors who try to reveal the truth.
According to a study conducted by the University of Hong Kong that was published on The Lancet website, the number of infections is reported to be much higher than estimated, given the 2.68 spread rate per case, the doubling of total infections every 6.4 days, as well as travel patterns in China and around the world.
The report also indicated that by Jan. 24 there were more than 75,000 cases of infection and according to the model developed, seven days later the number of cases with coronavirus could have reached 150,000, a figure similar to the 154,023 infections recorded by Tencent.
For the time being, the increasing number of infections continue to represent an international alarm.
On Jan. 30, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) declared the new outbreak of coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern, indicating that it has so far spread from China to nearly 20 other countries.