The great communist Covid cover-up: Chinese doctors were recording at least DOUBLE the number of coronavirus cases that Beijing was reporting to the world in February
- Data leaked from Wuhan gives a glimpse of what China really knew about Covid
- Documents show that cases and deaths were both under-reported to the public
- They also reveal that early-stage tests only worked about half of the time
- Data shows Hubei was also suffering a flu epidemic at the time coronavirus hit
On February 10, China reported 2,478 new cases of the virus across the entire country – but leaked data shows that, on the same date, Hubei province alone logged 5,918 cases.
Meanwhile on March 7, Hubei was officially reporting a cumulative death toll of 2,986, but documents show it actually stood at 3,456.
The official figures, which were reported across the world, downplayed the severity of the outbreak at a time when world leaders were trying to devise their own response strategies – leaving many unprepared for what was to come.
The documents, comprising 117 pages, were handed to CNN by a whistleblower inside the Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which was at the epicentre of the outbreak.
Beijing has long been accused of under-reporting its coronavirus numbers, but the data gives the first glimpse at the scope of the problem.