A data leak from Chinese military university suggests there were more and 640,000 coronavirus cases in China
A new data leak from a Chinese military-run university could prove that China was lying about the total Coronavirus infections. China had claimed that it had 84,000 COVID-19 infections starting from December 2019. But the data leaks suggest that the COVID-19 patient count in China could have been upwards of 640,000.
Officially, the country where the virus originated has reported only a total of 84,029 Coronavirus cases, but there has been widespread skepticism over this figure. Now a data leak seems to confirm that. A report filed by Foreign Policy, a database leaked from the Chinese-military run National University of Defence Technology in the city of Changsha suggested China had 640,000 Coronavirus cases.
The information was leaked to Foreign Policy and 100 Reporters by an unknown hacker. Foreign Policy analyzed the data leak and found it to be authentic. It says that the database contains entries of 640,000 individual coronavirus patients collected by authorities from at least 230 cities spread across China. Each entry contains latitude, longitude, and ‘confirmed’ number of cases at the location on a specific date, which ranges from early February to late April.
The locations traced by Foreign Policy not only include hospitals but also apartment compounds, hotels, supermarkets, railway stations, restaurants, schools, and even a branch of KFC. Foreign Policy estimates that the total entries are upwards of 640,000 cases.
However, even the 640,000 COVID-19 patients figure was met with skepticism by experts. They believe that the number could also be much higher. However, the leak gives more firepower to the U.S. claims about Wuhan lab being the originator of the dreaded Coronavirus and China lying about the scale of the pandemic.