Reality or Data Manipulation? China reports low Covid death count

20 December, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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The number of bodies at funeral homes in significant cities raises concerns about China's efforts to keep the Covid-19 data secret from the rest of the world.

China has not reported any fatalities associated with Covid since December 4. The number of bodies at funeral homes in significant cities raises concerns about China’s efforts to keep the Covid-19 data secret from the rest of the world.

Following the Covid-Zero Policy demonstrations in China, the government removed the disease-control measures. However, the decision put Beijing on the verge of the most serious Covid epidemic in the previous three years. Prior to the reversal of the Zero Covid policy, Beijing was seeing thousands of Covid positive cases; the last Covid 19 fatality there occurred on November 23. Authorities said that the 87-year-old woman was suffering from a serious cardiac disease.

Later, China ceased reporting individuals who had no symptoms, which made up a sizable portion of the Covid total. The nation also abandoned the once popular Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing equipment in favour of fast antigen kits, which are acknowledged to be somewhat incorrect. This indicated that the data had been changed or was irrelevant.

According to the local media reports, China has only formally acknowledged 5235 Covid-related fatalities since the outbreak began. President Xi Jinping of China used this as an occasion to mock the US, which according to official figures recorded well over a million casualties.

This would support the government’s narrative that it is effectively controlling the spread of the illness. Even Nevertheless, China’s lower immunisation rates for the elderly paint a different image when contrasted to the nations that opened after they successfully combated COVID-19.

According to a paper released by academics in Hong Kong on last Thursday, China might experience up to 1 million fatalities from Covid-19 once it eventually reopens. The simulations conducted by the US-based Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation claims mortality might reach 1 million by 2023 due to a sudden increase brought on by Covid Zero.

People began to wonder about the deaths that occurred after the Covid restrictions were loosened. Some people are looking for information and posing queries regarding the death rate in Beijing on social media sites like Weibo. The official Covid-19 death toll was raised up by about 1,290 deaths in April 2020, raising the total by 40% all at once.

The world’s supply of commodities, however, may be impacted by this manipulation of mortality figures because these deaths will significantly alter Chain’s workforce.