A leaked database from the National Defense Technology University in Changsha city suggests that China may have 640,000 cases of the new coronavirus and not 84,029 as the country’s authorities have reported.
The information leaked to the Foreign Policy and 100 Reporters media accounts for “640,000 individual entries” taken from at least 230 cities spread across the country, the Daily Mail reported, after specifying that each entry contains latitude, longitude, and the number of cases confirmed at each location and on a specific date, which varies from the beginning of February to the end of April.
The report also indicates that the locations include hospitals, apartment complexes, hotels, supermarkets, railway stations, restaurants, and even schools. Assuming that each entry contains at least one case, that would mean that at least 640,000 coronavirus cases were reported across the country.
However, Foreign Policy and 100 Reporters argued that despite obtaining the information, it has been difficult for them to verify the cases, since the document does not contain name or identification details.
In fact, reporters for both outlets said it is unclear how the data was collected, although the university’s website says it used a variety of public resources.
Despite the inconsistencies that the data may have, its verification process is complicated; The revelation of these would be confirming the fear of many that the Chinese regime is hiding the true nature of the outbreak of respiratory disease that originated in Wuhan in late 2019.