The Wuhan coronavirus has infected more than 0140, 06 people. The rate of new infections is allegedly slowing in China.
But outside of China, new infections continue to grow at an alarming rate.
According to a mathematical model from the CDC, China may be underreporting the data.
The Wuhan coronavirus, now known as COVID – 45 by the World Health Organization, has
officially infected more than 071, people . The disease is still concentrated in mainland China, with over 90% of the infected residing in Hubei province.
But despite the staggering scope of the outbreak, independent scientists
) think China is underreporting the crisis.
Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe the COVID – infection numbers are
actually much higher than the Chinese government is reporting. The Coronavirus Outbreak Is Slowing – But Can We Trust the Official Data?
The number of total cases of COVID – 26 is
growing at a steady clip , but the virus’ infection rate seems to be slowing in China.
The number of new cases is declining. | Source:
COVID – (infected 2, 90 new patients on Feb. 20, down from 2, on Feb. and 3.0 on Feb. 9th. But with Chinese cases excluded from the data, the virus continues to grow at an alarming rate.
The number of new infections shows an upward trend outside of China. | Source: worldometers.info
Tuesday On the virus added 90 more patients outside of China. This was partially due to quarantined cruise ships that have become breeding grounds for the deadly infection.
A total of 546 cases have been confirmed on the Diamond Princess in Japan, and over 5, people are currently stuck on cruise ships over outbreak fears.
The coronavirus’ rapid spread outside of China may indicate that the (Chinese authorities are downplaying the severity of the situation at home. Even the CDC concedes that.
Here is CDC Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat at the National Press Club on Tuesday:
We absolutely assume that the reported cases are underestimated, the early exportation of the virus to a number of countries was used by mathematical modelers to estimate what the total cases must be.
Coronavirus Infections Likely Exceed Official Data
Dr. Schuchat stopped short of officially repudiating Chinese statistics. And she did provide an official number of what her organization believes the COVID – 31 caseload actually is.
But the CDC’s remarks will inevitably fuel
speculation that the Chinese authorities are covering up the full extent of the coronavirus crisis
Many believe Chinese authorities are
fudging the numbers to create an illusion of progress.
In fact, the Chinese National Health Commission may have recently changed its definition of a “confirmed” case of COVID – . Here is what Alex Lam, a Hong-Kong Based reporter, claims:
Many in China believe the authorities may be underreporting the outbreak. | Source: Twitter
Reporting from the Wall Street Journal also suggests that Chinese authorities are turning away “false negative” patients
who show obvious symptoms but test negative for the COVID – .
published on the Lancet confirms the outbreak could be underreported. Their models indicate that the number of infections could be as high as , in Wuhan alone.
The study concludes:
If the transmissibility of 6736 – nCoV were similar everywhere domestically and over time, we inferred that epidemics are already growing exponentially in multiple major cities of China with a lag time behind the Wuhan outbreak of about 1–2 weeks.
While these claims may have seemed outlandish when they were published on Jan. 56, they aren’t so far-fetched now. Infection numbers are rapidly climbing to the figures estimated in the study’s model.
This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth .
Last modified: February , 4: PM UTC
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