Report: ‘With Cancellation of 21 Million Cellphones…Real Death Toll in China is A Mystery’

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Citizens globally are in uncharted waters as we sit and wait in hopes that the coronavirus will exit our lives just as abruptly as it entered. Looking to other countries such as China, where the virus originated, is our best guess as to what the future holds. Unfortunately, China’s public relations cannot be trusted, and The Epoch Times paints a harrowing picture that the Chinese may have suffered far worse than they are letting on.

China has reported 81,171 people infected with COVID-19, 3,277 of which were fatalities. However, the Epoch Timesexposes new information which may indicate the official numbers reported by the Chinese government are far, far from accurate. According to the Epoch Times, “The number of Chinese cellphone users dropped by 21 million in the past three months, Beijing authorities announced on March 19. Deaths due to the CCP virus may have contributed to the high number of account closings.”

Why on earth would 21 million cell phone accounts no longer be necessary? The Epoch Times offers potential explanations such as migrant workers no longer using multiple cell phones for their home and work cities during the quarantine period. Another justification could be fears of the unknown economic future forced the cancellations of a luxury people figure they can live without to save money.

U.S.-based commentator Tang Jiangyuan claims this is suspicious, at best. It is basically “impossible for a person to cancel his cellphone,” said Tang. “Dealing with the government for pensions and social security, buying train tickets, shopping…no matter what people want to do, they are required to use cell phones” Tang added. Not to mention, China is requiring its citizens to use their cell phones to track their movements in order to generate “health codes” which amongst other things can determine if permission to travel will be restricted.

An article in the New York Times backs Tang’s assertion and explains how China leans heavily on its cell phone users and their usage to track its citizens not only for coronavirus health measures but to monitor its population as well. Cell users are assigned a green, yellow or red “health code” and in some cities, “residents now how to register their phone numbers with an app to take public transportation” reported the Times.

In addition to the health measures, the Times discusses how China monitors its population:

The Times’s analysis found that as soon as a user grants the software access to personal data, a piece of the program labeled ‘reportInfoAndLocationToPolice’ sends the person’s location, city name, and an identifying code number to a server. The software does not make clear to users its connection to the police. But according to China’s state-run Xinhua news agency and an official police social media account, law enforcement authorities were a crucial partner in the system’s development…

While Chinese internet companies often share data with the government, the process is rarely so direct. In the United States, it would be akin to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention using apps from Amazon and Facebook to track the coronavirus, then quietly sharing user information with the local sheriff’s office.

In conclusion, the Epoch Times suggests “lacking data, the real death toll in China is a mystery. The cancellation of 21 million cellphones provides a data point that suggests the real number may be far higher than the official number.”



  1. Richard Cornell 27 March, 2020 at 17:16 Reply

    Small drop in a big bucket. Do not recharge the battery and the phone dies. Since these phones are by district those in charge of that district might want to silent phone calls if problems occur with the wide spread of this virus. In his book David L. Heymann tells about flu that comes back after it is cure from the person. This type of flu might also reemerge to cause further damage.

    • alison 30 March, 2020 at 20:40 Reply

      You need to correct your English so I can fully understand you I’m not sure which side you’re wrong it’s Miss information here

  2. Ana 28 March, 2020 at 15:49 Reply

    It’s not that this disease came out of China by whatever route (lab, market). It that CCP officials and Dr. Tedros of WHO lied about it. For almost a month they kept up the charade that there was no outbreak in China; that closing borders was an overreaction; and that there was no person to person transmission. Because of their lies this was able to spread around the world. They should all be tried in the International Criminal Court for their crimes against humanity.

  3. tim 28 March, 2020 at 16:34 Reply

    look, it’s quite simple that China would be able to bury 21 million people without anyone not noticing. Didn’t happen, just use your common sense here! They were trying to keep the facts, information, from getting out to the rest of the world too quickly. also think of how many people that have died so far in the USA. Now 1919 the Spanish flu killed over
    50 million people in Just America in just one year!! Now that was a Pandemic!

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