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Coronavirus Cases in China: 40′ Times Higher
By:Mary Compton, Belgium
Date: Saturday, 11 April 2020, 10:34 pm

True Number of Coronavirus Cases in China: 40′ Times Higher
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Officials at “No. 10” are specifically furious over Beijing’s endeavor to pin the blame on U.S. soldiers for carrying the virus to Wuhan. One source told The Daily Mail, “There is a disgusting disinformation campaign going on, and it is unacceptable. They [the Chinese government] know they have got this badly wrong, and rather than owning it, they are spreading lies.”

Before the coronavirus outbreak, the British government had prepared “a major review” of their foreign policy [in relation to China]. The review has been delayed “until the effect of the virus can be assessed.” Their source claimed, “It is going to be back to the diplomatic drawing board after this. Rethink is an understatement.” A second source reported, “There has to be a reckoning when this is over. The anger goes right to the top.”

In a recent op-ed, previous Tory leader Lain Duncan Smith had written, “Once we get clear of this terrible pandemic, it is imperative that we all rethink that relationship and put it on a much more balanced and honest basis.”

As reported by the Daily Mail, “No. 10 believes China is seeking to build its economic power during the pandemic with ‘predatory offers of help’ countries around the world.”

British officials are now even more apprehensive than ever before concerning PM Johnson’s “decision to allow Huawei limited involvement in 5G,” and they are “mobilizing to press him to reverse the plan.”

A senior Cabinet Minister explained to The Daily Mail, “We can’t stand by and allow the Chinese state’s desire for secrecy to ruin the world’s economy and then come back as nothing has happened. We’re allowing companies like Huawei not just into our economy, but being a crucial part of our infrastructure. This needs to be reviewed urgently, as does any strategically important infrastructure that relies on Chinese supply chains.”

Johnson promised last year that he would “roll out superfast broadband for the whole country – and that will be hard to achieve on-time without Huawei.”

However, I think of the Prime Minister is much more persuadable once this latest episode is behind him.

Last week, a post in The Washington Post suggested that readers see Beijing’s “official numbers” with doubt. They reported:

An article in the journal Science estimates that 86 percent of Hubei’s cases were undocumented by the time authorities prolonged the lock-down to Wuhan and other cities on Jan 23.

It is also probable that officials claimed decreased numbers of deaths from COVID-19, the disease a result of the corona-virus. Especially once the central government’s propaganda mission to win the “people’s war” versus the virus grew to be clear, numbers moved to achieve that vision. Such shifts could possibly be subtle – not hundreds or thousands of invisible deaths, but rather excluding fatalities, which can be associated with other types of pneumonia or heart failure.