Fears Mount Over 2nd Outbreak Amid Inconsistencies in Chinese Data

Millions of Chinese citizens could be forced back under lockdown, as discrepancies in data reporting and surging COVID-19 cases in northeastern China show a second-wave outbreak of the CCP virus is now occurring.

Already, the Chinese regime has declared “wartime” status in at least two cities—including the capital city of Beijing, where authorities recently reported dozens of fever patients, whom they insisted were diagnosed with a bacterial infection and not the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.

Authorities in northeastern China have quarantined around 8,000 people after they were exposed to confirmed patients. Six local officials were fired for failing to contain the outbreak.

Meanwhile, in Wuhan, where the virus first broke out, authorities mandated diagnostic testing on all 11 million residents, after several cases were reported. The city had lifted lockdown measures weeks earlier after proclaiming that the virus had been contained.

As the Chinese regime continues to fend off international criticism of its handling of the crisis, while lauding its socialist system as a paragon for curbing the outbreak, chaotic scenes at testing sites and consistent coverup have cast doubt over Chinas virus data.

“They dont report anything, dont you know? Reporting [true figures] will create public panic,” Ms. Yang, a small-business owner from the northeastern city of Jilin, told The Epoch Times. “Now we all know how serious this thing is, because its happening next to us.”

Discrepancies

Since the virus first spread, conflicting numbers reported by Chinese authorities have confounded international researchers and Chinese citizens. Meanwhile, internal government data obtained by The Epoch Times have revealed that local authorities routinely underreport infections.

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A Paramilitary police officers keeps watch at a station of Line 1 of the metro that runs past the Great Hall of the People, the venue of the upcoming National Peoples Congress (NPC) in Beijing, China May 19, 2020. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Confusion again arose on May 18 when health officials from Chinas northeastern province of Jilin reported five new cases while the countrys National Health Commission only reported two cases from the region.

Jilin authorities later scaled down their numbers in an update, saying that the other three emerged after May 18 midnight and therefore counted toward the next days data.

On the same day, Shanghai recorded no new cases, contradicting the National Health Commissions report of one new infection from the municipality. The government hasnt offered an explanation for the conflicting numbers.

In Wuhan, the government swiftly fired a local Party official after a cluster of six infections emerged, breaking a period of more than a month in which authorities consistently reported zero new infections.

Authorities lack of transparency about the outbreak has made it difficult to understand the true scale of the epidemic in China.

“It sounds like the virus follows their orders,” Ge Bidong, a California-based political commentator, told NTD, an Epoch Times affiliate. “Theres such a large gap between its data and infection numbers … around the world over the past three months … so how can you believe them?”

Zhong Nanshan, a Chinese respiratory expert who has risen to prominence during this outbreak, warned of grim challenges ahead.

“The majority of … Chinese at the moment are still susceptible of the COVID-19 infection because [of] a lack of immunity,” Zhong said in a CNN interview on May 16. “We are facing [a] big challenge; its not better than the foreign countries I think at the moment.”

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Police locked the Jilin citys railway station in Jilin, China on May 13, 2020. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Northern China

The northeastern region first reported a chain of infections that began with a 45-year-old cleaner in Shulan, a small municipality under the administration of Jilin city, Jilin Province. Through her movements around the city and interactions with close contacts, the cleaner, who works at the local police bureau, quickly spread the virus to people living in other cities.

Shulan has since declared a “wartime status” and sealed off local neighborhoods, allowing only one person from each household to go out once every two days for essential purchases. Each trip is limited to two hours. More than 1,100 residential buildings, 1,200 villages, and nine neighborhood communities are now under full lockdown due to possible infections.

A resident from a now-locked down compound in Changyi district, Jilin city, said nearly 100 police came to affix seals on each apartment door to bar people from leaving their household.

The lockdown measures are weighing on locals as they struggle for survival. “You cant go anywhere,” a social worker who asked to remain anonymous said in an interview. “Theres no one on the street. Not a soul around my apartment building.”

Mr. Li, a supermarket owner in Jilin citys Fengman district, one of the two areas designated as “high-risk” by authorities, along with Shulan city, has placed barriers around the entrance to minimize contact with customers. “Just tell me what you want, I will bring it [outside],” he said. Another supermarket staff in Shulan said he would write down peoples orders and leave them outside for people to pick up.

“They [the government] tell you theres one or two [cases] … that its not serious, but the way they are handling it is pretty intense,” Mr. Lü, who works at The First Hospital of China Medical University Shenyang in nearby Liaoning Province, told The Epoch Times.

Fears have also fueled stigma around people from Shulan. “No cabs would take you once they know you are from Shulan,” Ms. Zhang, from Shulan, said in an interview. “They dont want to contact Shulan people.”

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