About half a million inhabitants of the Chinese city are believed to have been infected with the virus by the coronovirus epidemic, which is about 10 times higher than the initially reported cases.
according to this one discovery Released late on Monday by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention in April, which surveyed more than 34,000 people in April, of which about 4.4 percent were tested to find antibodies to the virus-fighting COVID-19 Causes
The presence of antibodies meant that people had the virus at some point in the past, and given the proportion, about 500,000 residents of Wuhan, with a total population of 11 million, could be infected.
This is almost 10 times the more than 50,000 confirmed cases reported by Chinese health authorities in mid-April.
As of Sunday, Wuhan reported a total of 50,354 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to Wuhan Municipal Health Commission.
This week’s study indicated that infection rates in Wuhan were significantly higher than in other Chinese cities. For example, the survey found that only 0.44 percent of Hubei residents were found to be carrying antibodies.
according to this Cnn, A senior fellow for global health at the Council on Economic Relations, Yanzhong Huang, said that the initial underreporting in Wuhan can be attributed to the chaos of the epidemic’s early months, as well as counting the anomalous cases of COVID-19 Failure may also occur.
Huang reported that underreporting is not a problem for Wuhan in particular, as testing capabilities were limited and hospitals were overwhelmed by the sudden increase in patients as there was little information about the virus in the early months.
However, the Chinese government has also faced scrutiny and criticism over the virus’s severity due to a suspected lack of transparency.
On Monday, a citizen journalist Who reported from Wuhan at the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic in China Was sentenced to four years in prison According to several reports, after being found guilty of “causing fights and causing trouble”.
The charge is routinely used by the Chinese government against human rights activists and other dissidents.
37-year-old Zhang Zhan traveled to Wuhan in February and filmed the city, neighborhood, and town during his initial outbreak of COVID-19. His reporting accused the government of failing to tell the reality of the civilian epidemic.
Prosecutors accused Zhang of “publishing a large amount of fake information” and receiving “interviews for the state of the Wuhan Kovid-19 epidemic in a malicious manner” from international media outlets. CNN reported.