China Claims Nationwide Coronavirus Surge

A man wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus walks past a Communist Party flag along a street in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 31, 2020. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP) (Photo by NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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China’s state-run Global Times on Wednesday reported a rise in confirmed coronavirus infections across the country for the fifth straight day. Tuesday was said to be “the first time that daily new cases exceeded 100 since March 6.”

“Of the 101 cases, 89 were reported in Xinjiang, eight in Liaoning and one in Beijing which was linked to the outbreak in Liaoning, according to the National Health Commission on Wednesday,” the state paper wrote, adding that all 89 of the Xinjiang cases were reported in the provincial capital of Urumqi.

Xinjiang is home of the oppressed Uyghur Muslims, millions of whom have been confined in massive concentration camps described as “vocational training centers” by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). 

An international coalition formed last week to demand an end to China’s use of the Uyghurs as forced labor. Footage smuggled out of China shows bound and blindfolded Uyghurs being herded into trains like cattle and shipped off to factories, a practice that is clearly not compatible with coronavirus social distancing, in addition to its outrageous offense against basic human rights.

Chinese reports of coronavirus “resurgences” are met with skepticism by some outside observers because the regime has a long and dangerous history of lying about the virus and claiming to be world champions at containing it. 

China’s tendency to suddenly impose draconian measures over supposedly tiny numbers of mostly asymptomatic infections – the Global Times referred to them as “hidden carriers” – fuels speculation that the coronavirus was never as thoroughly contained as the CCP claims.

CNET on Wednesday filed the latest foreign media report about the aggressive censorship deployed by the CCP to hide the truth of the pandemic, in this case by swarming a truth-telling Wuhan-based author with online death threats and denouncing her as a traitor.


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