Actual Death Toll Caused By Coronavirus Is Around 24,000, Says Tencent
Chinese multinational conglomerate holding company Tencent released some data on the novel coronavirus according to which the actual deaths and infections caused by the epidemic are nearly around 24,000 which is significantly higher than 500 deaths announced to date.
However, Tencent updated the data to mirror the official figures from the government there. The company also showed that around that over 154,000 were infected due to the virus.
“Netizens noticed that Tencent has on at least three occasions posted extremely high numbers, only to quickly lower them to government-approved statistics,” said the report.
Many doctors believe that the number of deaths and infections are under-counted because hospitals and laboratories are under severe strain to test for the virus. Many sick residents in Hubei also say that they have been turned away by overpacked hospitals, which lack test kits and beds.
If the numbers from the alleged Tencent leak are accurate, it would put coronavirus’ mortality rate at almost 16 percent. By comparison, SARS’ mortality rate was 9.6 percent, reports CCN.