China Admits: Wǔshí wàn, but how many more?

Jinping is Limping, from China crisis to China crisis.

Beijing has admitted that up to 500,000 cases of COVID-19 were never counted.  Worldometers has not updated this information yet, if it does at all.  Keep in mind back in February China admitted 14,000 new cases all at once, likely so people would quickly forget the number.  They have never admitted the untold dead that were cremated.

500,000 coronavirus cases in Wuhan never counted

A study by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) found that nearly 500,000 coronavirus cases in Wuhan were never counted, based on the estimated number of Wuhan citizens who now have antibodies to the virus.

On Tuesday, the China CDC released an online statement revealing some of the results of a recent seroepidemiological survey carried out to determine the extent to which citizens of Wuhan and a few other select cities and provinces had been infected by COVID-19, reported Caixin. According to the China CDC’s official WeChat account, the survey tested for serum antibodies to the virus in over 34,000 people from Wuhan, Hubei, cities and prefectures outside of Wuhan, and six other major cities and provinces, including Beijing, Liaoning, Shanghai, Guangdong, and Sichuan.

According to the China CDC, the cross-sectional study gathered data one month after the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak began in China, though it did not mention which month this was. The survey found that 4.43 percent of Wuhan residents tested positive for antibodies to the disease.

Given that Wuhan’s population as of 2018 was 11.08 million, this translates to an estimated 490,844 people who had been infected with COVID-19 by the first month of the first wave. This is nearly 10 times the 50,340 cases reported for the city of Wuhan and more than five times China’s total case count for the entire year of 2020.

Taiwan News is far from reliable, but I would trust it more than I would trust Beijing.