A study on coronovirus antibodies in mid-April in the Wuhan population showed that the exact number of COVID-19 infections could be 10 times higher than reported by health officials.
Of the 11 million people living in the city, China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 4.43% were antibodies to the virus. The percentage was for about 500,000 people who had contracted the novel virus, but at the time, the city was reporting about 50,000 infections.
The CDC study included a sample of more than 34,000 people in Wuhan and the surrounding six provinces. Wuhan is where the virus was detected almost a year ago.
Outside of Wuhan, the study found that antibody prevalence was significantly lower, registering 0.44%. The CDC said the low rate indicated that Wuhan’s disease control measures “effectively prevented the virus from spreading on a large scale,” according to the South China Morning Post, however, as part of preventative measures and when officials took action Has decided, since then has come under intense scrutiny.
In late January, the city was cordoned off from any outside resources or visitors for about 80 days. World leaders have questioned the origins of the disease, and indeed when Wuhan and the rest of China were particularly aware of it as the leaders referred to media efforts and social media posts regarding the virus, So was described as a respiratory illness like pneumonia during intensive lockdown. .
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Experts told the news outlet that the discrepancy in the number of coronovirus infections and possible outbreaks of actual diseases could be due to early outbreaks. There was also a difference in how cases were counted among health agencies during the peak of the first wave.
Ian McKay, an associate professor at the University of Queensland, Australia, told the South China Morning Post, “We really don’t know exactly how much we’ve missed, but it gives us a sense of how much we’ve missed. . “
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It was unclear whether the health agency planned to publish the data in a journal, or if it was being considered for peer-review.
On Monday, China sentenced a former lawyer who was sentenced to four years in prison in the early stages of the outbreak. According to the Associated Press, Zhang Zhan was accused of giving false interviews to foreign media, disrupting public order, and spreading false information in a “malicious” outbreak.
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The country has faced prior allegations of covering the actual depth of the outbreak in the early stages, and possibly refusing to allow the investigation teams to spread the virus around the world and delay outside countries through information sharing delays Used to be.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.