When COVID-19 began its explosive growth in China, there was immediate skepticism over how transparent the communist Chinese regime was really being with the rest of the world about the coronavirus disease, including where it began and how many have become infected and died from it. Now, as the Chinese government maintains that the worst of the outbreak has passed, some are again raising questions.
China has said many workers have returned to the office and children to schools in the wake of the outbreak, but according to The Week, whistleblowers and Chinese officials alike are calling the government’s bluff.
According to reports, the Chinese government has said that the nation is recovering well from COVID-19, with some businesses even having nearly returned to pre-outbreak productivity levels, the government says.
But citing a report from a purportedly independent Chinese media outlet known as Caixin Global, The Week reported Friday that some say it’s all “just a carefully crafted ruse.”
Indeed, Chinese residents reportedly told Caixin that the numbers are being fudged and businesses haven’t truly re-opened, despite seeming so.
Feeling pressure from the Chinese government, employers are reportedly turning on their lights and machinery during the day — taking advantage of government-subsidized electricity costs — and falsifying employee attendance logs to make it appear as though everything has returned to normal.
According to Caixin, the businesses “would rather waste a small amount of money on power than irritate local officials” by contradicting the official narrative.
“Everything is fake”
Meanwhile, residents in Wuhan, the alleged epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, have taken to calling out leaders directly for allegedly “faking” the recovery efforts. According to a report from The Guardian, videos flooded social media over the weekend showing Chinese residents yelling from their windows, “Fake, fake,” “Everything is fake,” and, “It’s all fake.”
Their chants came as a senior Chinese official, Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan, visited the city to inspect how community workers are taking care of the needs of the quarantined citizenry.
The city has been essentially on lockdown for nearly a month, with residents ordered to remain in their homes while local community workers bring them necessities such as food, water, and medicine. However, numerous residents have complained that the community workers aren’t actually supplying everything that is needed, and some of the workers have said that they are too overwhelmed to complete the assigned tasks, The Guardian notes.
It remains unclear whether the Chinese government will seek to improve conditions for its citizens as they continue recovering from the COVID-19 outbreak or if it will even just admit that it hasn’t been forthcoming with the virus’ true recovery rates.
In the meantime, China’s communist regime certainly isn’t out of the woods on the coronavirus quite yet.