And on one recent occasion, the National Health Commission diluted the figures further.
Chinese authorities have consistently concealed the true scale of the outbreak, leading to citizens’ distrust of official data.
Jilin Province is currently experiencing a second wave outbreak of the CCP virus, which authorities said began with a “patient zero,” a cleaning worker at the police bureau of Shulan, a small municipality under the administration of Jilin city.
The Jilin Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports new virus infections daily to the national CDC. In its report, Jilin CDC lists details for each patient that include basic personal information, profession, activities in the previous 14 days, close contacts, and possible cause of infection.
The Epoch Times obtained copies of five reports produced by the Jilin CDC for five new diagnosed patients on May 16. Among these five patients was an 85-year-old woman named Ms. Li, who died on May 9 with severe symptoms of COVID-19. Her diagnosis wasn’t confirmed until after her death.
Meanwhile, the National Health Commission also announced three new domestic infections from Jilin that were confirmed on May 16, and didn’t mention Li’s case.
Similar underreporting has occurred from other local governments, such as the cities of Harbin and Wuhan, and the Inner Mongolia region, in which internal tallies show lower numbers than publicly announced data.
For May 13, The Epoch Times obtained Jilin CDC reports about two newly diagnosed patients, a 41-year-old man surnamed Li and a 53-year-old woman surnamed Ye.
In the file about Ye, the CDC notes that she sells fresh corn at different open-air markets. Before being diagnosed with COVID-19, Ye had sold corn in more than two markets every day, meaning that she would have had contact with hundreds of shoppers.
On May 14, the Jilin provincial health commission only announced one new diagnosis, which matches Ye’s profile, on the day prior. The National Health Commission announced the same figure as the provincial authority.
The documents reviewed by The Epoch Times make up just a portion of the Jilin CDC’s daily reports. Residents said in recent interviews that they are very worried about the local outbreak, as local authorities haven’t fully informed them about the situation.