Coronavirus – Chinese media giant lists deaths as 24,589 but quickly changes to official figure sparking conspiracies – The Sun

A CHINESE media giant has sparked conspiracy theories after appearing to publish the coronavirus death toll as more than 24,000 – vastly higher than the official figure.

Tencent, the multinational tech company that developed WeChat, reportedly listed figures for the coronavirus on Saturday showing 154,023 were infected and 24,589 dead.

Tencent's webpage titled 'Epidemic Situation Tracker' was quickly updated to reflect the official figures of 14,446 infected and 304 dead, Taiwan News claim.

This follows speculation that the Communist Party in Beijing may be hiding the damage caused by the deadly virus.

The other erroneous or leaked figures posted included 79,808 suspected cases – four times the official numbers.

There have also been reports from crematorium workers in Wuhan – the epicentre of the virus – that they are being sent corpses not added to the official tally.

Meanwhile hospital staff have leaked videos purporting to show dead bodies across ward corridors in Wuhan.

The Chinese government silenced doctors in Wuhan who spoke out about coronavirus in the first weeks of the deadly epidemic.

After the first case of the bug was reported in early December, it took seven weeks for authorities to lockdown the city of 11 million people.

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