Words of Advice:

“Stand back and stand by.”— Trump’s orders to American Nazis, 9/29/2020

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"Everything is easy if somebody else is the one doing it." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

No Surprise: The PRC Has Been Lying

It seems rather evident that the Chinese government has been lying about the Coronavirus from the start.
While the authorities continue to insist the death toll from the outbreak in Wuhan is just 2,535, news reports and social media posts over the weekend revealed that seven crematoriums in Wuhan have been handing out over 3,500 urns per day since the restrictions were eased.

The crematoriums have told families they hope to have completed the distribution of urns by April 5, when the traditional grave-tending festival of Qing Ming takes place. If the numbers of urns handed out so far remains consistent, that will mean the remains of over 40,000 people will be distributed in less than two weeks.
The Chinese numbers are about as reliable as the Russian ones.


Borepatch said...

I think it's institutional: nobody wants to be the guy who reports bad news up the chain of command. It's the same thing that had the CIA saying that the USSR's economy was the world's third largest a year before the Berlin Wall fell. The CIA was getting its info from the Central Committee itself, but the info was completely wrong.

Yes, I expect there's a certain amount of malice towards the West in play here, but you don't need that to explain the lousy data.

Comrade Misfit said...

Not giving bad news to the chain of command is baked into the Chinese system, apparently for millennia.