Reporters Claim To Have Proof China Lying About Virus Death Toll As Total Cases Near 8,000; Another 12,000 Suspected

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Summary:

  • Death toll climbs to 170 from 132, with 7,771 cases confirmed in China and 7,811 total, while the number of suspected cases has soared by 2,928 to 12,167 from 9,239 yesterday
  • Reporter claims local media has evidence Beijing lying about death toll
  • British Airways cancels flights to China
  • Trump says he spoke with Xi over the phone
  • Angry mobs spotted in Sichuan
  • CDC sending representatives to China
  • 3 Japanese aboard evac flight test positive for coronavirus

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Update (1850ET):

China’s NHC just released another up . China now admits to 7,771 cases across the country, Adding nearly 1,800 from 5,974 yesterday. The death toll has climbed to 170, and 170 patients have been cured. Some 31 cases were labeled “severe” and nearly 82,000 are under observation. What is perhaps most shocking is that the number of suspected cases soared by nearly 3,000 overnight from 9,239 to 12,167.

In another major development, state media reports that the first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Tibet. It was the only region in China with zero confirmed cases, though that streak is now over.

In a disturbing development, three of the Japanese citizens rescued from Wuhan aboard Japan’s evac flight Wednesday have tested positive for cornavirus – so now the Japanese government is essentially importing the virus on the evacuation flight. We hope all those on the flight will be quarantined for a while given the virus’s reputation of spreading asymptomatically.

Here’s a breakdown of all the revisions…

  • Confirmed cases +29% (from 5974 to 7711)
  • Suspected cases +32% (from: 9239 to 12167)
  • Severe cases +10% (from 1239 to 1370)
  • Death toll +29% (from 232 to 170

…and here’s a  copy of the announcement from China’s National Health Office, translated into English via Google:

At 04:00 on January 29, 31 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps reported 1737 new confirmed cases (the first confirmed case in Tibet), 131 new severe cases, and 38 new deaths. (37 cases in Hubei and 1 in Sichuan), 21 new cases were cured and discharged, and 4148 suspected cases were added.

As of 24:00 on January 29, the National Health and Health Commission has received a cumulative report of 7711 confirmed cases, 31 cases of severe cases, 170 death cases, and a total of 170 patients who have been cured and discharged. There were 124 cases with 12,167 suspected cases.

At present, 88,693 close contacts have been tracked. Of the 2,364 people who were released from medical observation on the same day, a total of 81,947 people are receiving medical observation.

A total of 25 confirmed cases were reported in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan: 10 in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, 7 in the Macao Special Administrative Region, and 8 in Taiwan.

And the updated chart…

In other news, as economists worry about the blowback to China’s already slowing economy, Peter Navarro said late Wednesday that the Trump administration will keep its tariffs in place no matter what happens with the outbreak.

That’s probably why there have been so many rumors about the fraught relationship between Trump and Xi, and reports that Trump never actually spoke with the Chinese leader after claiming that they had discussed the outbreak.

Once again, we’d like to point out that we’re ahead of this supposedly “alarmist” and “fearmongering” model (h/t @abuforlife1):

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Update (1720ET): The government in Hubei has announced another slate of cases and deaths.

  • CHINA’S HUBEI REPORTS 37 ADDITIONAL DEATHS FROM CORONAVIRUS
  • CHINA CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL RISES TO AT LEAST 169
  • CHINA’S HUBEI REPORTS 1,032 MORE CORONAVIRUS CASES FOR JAN. 29

Meanwhile, 26,632 people are still undergoing medical observation, and another 4,334 cases are still being treated in the hospital. The CDC has just confirmed that it’s sending representatives to China to help suppress the outbreak.

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