Wuhan coronavirus death toll 12 times more than official figures, claim locals

Wuhan coronavirus death toll 12 times more than official figures, claim locals

Wuhan coronavirus death toll 12 times more than official figures, claim locals

China will delay its national college entrance exam by a month as it grapples with a coronavirus pandemic as travellers returning from overseas are fuelling new cases and boosting concern over the threat of a second wave of infections.

Majority of China's cases were reported in Wuhan, known as the epicenter of China's outbreak, as more than 67,000 people contracted the virus in the province of Hubei.

It has been almost a week since any new cases of the Coronavirus have been reported in Wuhan, China, where the deadly outbreak began late previous year before infecting over 100 countries worldwide.

Xu Hejian, spokesman for the Beijing government, said: "The capital still bears the brunt of the risks".

Following the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, the Chinese government brought 42,000 medical personnel from other parts of the country to join the battle against coronavirus, said the daily.

Italy has reported more than 97,000 cases and upwards of 10,000 deaths.

"Even if China has 100 times more cases than were reported, still less than 1 percent of the population was infected", said Raina McIntyre, head of biosecurity research at the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales.

But concerns have also been expressed about China's failure to include asymptomatic patients in total case numbers.

On March 12, a resident of a central village said in a widely shared social media post that there were several new cases of coronavirus infection in the city of Yueyang, "but the new case list still shows zero!"

A resident of Hubei province instructed RFA that most individuals now really feel that greater than 40,000 folks died in Wuhan earlier than and through the lock-down.

One Wuhan resident said: "It can't be right because the incinerators have been working round the clock, so how can so few people have died?"

The province also registered no increase in new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, according to the National Health Commission.

It comes as Italy and the United States have overtaken China as the hotbeds of the virus - which has killed more than 30,000 and infected 664,695 world wide.

Recently it was revealed that in a tech-savvy country like China, where millions of people use mobile phones, more than 21 million cell phone accounts were cancelled while in past three months 840,000 landlines were closed.

China has relaxed its anti-coronavirus measures as the number of those recovered climbed to 76,052.

Automakers and other manufacturers in Wuhan reopened but said they needed to restore the flow of components from suppliers before production can return to normal levels.

While governments worldwide were tightening travel and other controls, the ruling Communist Party has rolled back curbs on Wuhan and other areas as it tries to revive the world's second-largest economy after declaring victory over the outbreak. These new images have raised questions about the real death toll in China.

McIntyre said stepping up tests was a necessary step.

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