You don’t suppose the Chinese government would LIE to us, do you? I think it’s more likely they haven’t got a clue as to the scope of the problem. Tencent may have accidentally leaked real data on Wuhan virus deaths.
Tencent briefly lists 154,023 infections and 24,589 deaths from Wuhan coronavirus
OFFICIALLY China lists between 14 and 15 thousand infections and 300 deaths. A death rate of 2% would make the Coronavirus less of a problem than the flu, which is a real problem. But you don’t dress in full-on hazmat gear (as some of the Chinese videos show the health care workers doing) for the flu.
Some are speculating that a coding problem could be causing the real “internal” data to accidentally appear. Others believe that someone behind the scenes is trying to leak the real numbers.
And then again, it could just be that the people in China have no idea what is really going on, and they have “official” estimates and “worst case.” They do acknowledge a shortage of testing kits. Some people may die and the authorities don’t know if it was Coronavirus or not. Either way, this story is still interesting to me.