Coronavirus has emerged as severe issue overtime for the whole world, with no proper treatment available, the virus has so far resulted in deaths of 12,000 people all over the globe. Italy leads the chart with 4,000+ deaths, followed by China where 3,255 people have been declared dead so far. With a mortality rate of 11%, the virus has been labeled as Global Health Emergency by WHO.
As cases continue to spike all across the globe, a Twitter user has come forward and claimed that Chinese officials are hiding real facts from the other countries, and the number of people who have died from the deadly virus is over 8 Million.
Data of China Mobile since 2017
Column 1-5 are date, total users, net monthly growth, net cumulative growth of the year, 4G & 5G users
One can see that total users kept growing until Dec 2019. Then it lost 862K users in Jan and 7.254M in Feb. 8.118M net loss in 2020. #CCPVirus pic.twitter.com/2LkEXjlVle
— Jennifer Zeng 曾錚 (@jenniferatntd) March 21, 2020
The user has used the graph of a drop in people using China mobile and network services to prove her point. After these several tabloids have claimed that China has been hiding the real number of dead people on their own without prior research.
One of the tabloid claims,
“Chinese mobile companies have reported that before January 2020, the number of its users was consistently increasing but between the period of January to March, when Coronavirus struck the nation hard, the service providers have lost more than 1 crore 50 lakh of its active customers.
The tabloid further claims, “among these over 80 lakh customers were those who used the mobile network on a daily basis. Where have they gone? No one knows!
The tabloid didn’t stop its mission for investigative journalism here, further, it states,
“15 million i.e. over 1 crore 50 lakh customers who were active previously have stepped down from the networks, their mobiles have stopped, and no one is using those mobile phones.”
The next point the tabloid has stated is quite serious and horrifying,
“If 15 million active mobile numbers are now deactivated or are not in use then one can certainly not deny the fact that the number of dead people should be in lakhs, it is a fact that people tend to use more than one mobile or sim cards, considering a person is using 2 sim cards, the number of people breaks down to 75 Lakhs, also considering if each person holds 4 sim cards, the number of people dead should be 37 Lakh 50 Thousand, and that is surely not a number the Chinese officials have reported.”
The tabloid ends its report by adding yet another astonishing fact,
“Moreover, people have reported that there are a million people who are currently missing in China after the Coronavirus outbreak, and one who is alive can not see lights in the apartments in Wuhan city.”
Now, is the report from the tabloid fake or real? The tabloid starts its report stating that the media in China is not free and is completely handled by the government. The sentence establishes a great trust between the reader and the writer of the article in its very first line.
Currently, China has reported a total of 3,270 deaths with no new cases detected in Wuhan in the last 48 hours.
Now, should one consider the fact of the death of over 8 Million people and a country successfully managing to hide those 8 Million dead bodies and reports, while the whole world is keeping eye on them? Certainly, No.
If we seek to consider the drop in graph fact a truth, then there can be some exceptions that would have happened,
• A number of subscribers weren’t able to pay the bill due to the coronavirus outbreak.
• China has been censoring and deregistering the numbers of people who are criticizing their response.
• Or finally, the worst possibility that the tabloid and the viral post claim.
As for now, until there is no further update or any authentic professional investigation on the suspected scenario, we can mark this news as ‘False’ and trash it under the category of fake news.