It is believed that as many as 500,000 residents in China’s coronavirus pandemic cities have been infected by the virus, which is about ten times the number of confirmed cases initially recorded.
according to A study Released late on Monday by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the center surveyed more than 34,000 people in April and found that about 4.4% of those tested carried antibodies against the virus that causes COVID-19.
The presence of antibodies means that people have been infected with the virus at some point in the past. According to a proportional calculation, nearly 500,000 people in Wuhan (the total population of 1
This is almost 10 times the 50,000 confirmed cases reported by the Chinese health department in mid-April.
According to Wuhan reports, as of Sunday, Wuhan has reported a total of 50,354 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Wuhan Municipal Health Commission.
This week’s study showed that the infection rate in Wuhan was significantly higher than other Chinese cities. For example, the survey found that only 0.44% of Hubei residents carry antibodies.
according to CNNHuang Yanzhong, senior researcher for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, said that Wuhan’s initial underreporting incident may be partly due to the chaos at the beginning of the pandemic and the failure to count asymptomatic COVID-19 cases.
Huang pointed out that underreporting is not a unique problem in Wuhan, because of the limited testing capacity, hospitals are at a loss for the sudden increase in patients, because little is known about the virus in the first few months.
However, the Chinese government also faces censorship and criticism for suspecting the lack of transparency on the severity of the virus.
On Monday, a citizen journalist People reporting from Wuhan at the beginning of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic Sentenced to four years in prison According to multiple reports, after being convicted of “provocation and causing trouble”.
The Chinese government often uses the accusation against human rights activists and other dissidents.
Zhang Zhan, 37, traveled to Wuhan in February to take pictures of hospitals, neighborhoods and other places because the city was locked down when the COVID-19 outbreak first broke out. Her report accused the government of failing to inform the public about the reality of the pandemic.
The prosecutor accused Zhang of “publishing a large amount of false information” and accepted interviews with international media in order to “maliciously incite the Wuhan Covid-19 epidemic”. CNN report.