- China recorded zero coronavirus deaths Tuesday, showing the extreme measures taken to contain the pandemic are paying off.
- Still, the accuracy of the figures is bound to be questioned.
- Concerns have been raised that the world’s most populous country has been underreporting COVID-19 cases and deaths.
For the first time since China started publishing daily coronavirus figures in January, it reported zero new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday. The number of confirmed cases fell to 32 from Monday’s figure of 39, per China’s National Health Commission.
Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country where the respiratory illness initially appeared now stands at 81,740.
Over 3,300 people have died from the novel coronavirus disease so far. At the same time, more than 77,000 are reported to have recovered.
Are the coronavirus figures cooked?
The reduced number of deaths from the country that the world’s pandemic epicenter two weeks ago is remarkable. At the moment, China is the sixth-highest country with coronavirus cases, surpassed by the U.S., Spain, Italy, Germany, and France within the last two weeks.
On confirmed deaths, the world’s most populous country is in the seventh position behind Italy, Spain, the U.S., France, the U.K., and Iran. The latter two have more deaths than China despite recording a lower number of cases.
The zero number of deaths recorded Tuesday is bound to re-ignite debate on whether the country’s figures can be trusted.
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[A] little bit on the light side, and I’m being nice when I…