Dissident Chinese media giant The Epoch Times, which has a remarkable knack for obtaining documents that China’s authorities would prefer to be kept hidden, reports that shredders are humming in China’s local government offices.
In recent weeks, the Chinese regime has reported fewer novel coronavirus diagnoses across the country, making it appear as if the outbreak was leveling off.
The Epoch Times previously obtained confidential internal documents showing that in the coastal province of Shandong, authorities were purposefully under-reporting the number of diagnostic kit test results that turned up positive.
Eyewitnesses in Hubei province, where the outbreak is most severe, also told the publication that many people were unable to be diagnosed and treated at hospitals due to over-capacity, but were exhibiting symptoms and self-quarantining at home.
Now it appears some local authorities have been required to destroy data they compiled relating to the virus outbreak.