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Wuhan, the pandemic's ground-zero, may have had 10 times as many COVID-19 cases, a study from China's CDC suggests
10 times as many people in Wuhan may have had COVID-19, China's Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has said.
The CDC posted the results of an antibody study of 34,000 people from Wuhan on WeChat on Monday. It is unclear if the study has been peer-reviewed.
The study found that as many as 4.4% of the 11 million people who live in the city may have had coronavirus antibodies by April.
As of Monday, there have been 50,354 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wuhan, but the study suggests the real number could be 480,000.
China has been accused of covering up the extent of its outbreak and has silenced journalists and doctors who have spoken out.
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The number of COVID-19 cases seen in Wuhan since the pandemic's start could be 10 times as high, China's health agency has said.
A study of 34,000 people in Wuhan, published on Monday by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control (CDC,) found that 4.4% of the 11 million people who live in the city may have coronavirus antibodies before April.
It is unclear if the study has been peer-reviewed, and the results were published on the Chinese messaging site WeChat by the CDC.
As of Monday, there have been 50,354 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wuhan, according to the city's health authority, but the CDC report suggests that the number could be at least 480,000.
The results suggest that Wuhan authorities have vastly underreported, or struggled to identify correctly, cases of COVID-19.