China may have registered hundreds of thousands of more coronavirus cases than according to official figures, leaked data shows.
The country has reported 82,933 Covid-19 cases publicly, but many believe the actual number is much higher.
This theory is supported by a database that has just been leaked from a Chinese university, indicating that the country could have 640,000 cases.
The dataset, which is reviewed by Foreign Policy and the non-profit news site 100 Reporters, spans at least 230 cities and contains 640,000 corona virus updates between early February and late April.
These reports reportedly show the number of cases in various locations in China, including hotels, hospitals and even a KFC in Zhenjiang.
The database, leaked from the National University of Defense Technology in Changsha City, suggests there could be 640,000 cases in China if all updates consist of at least one unique infection, Mail online reports.
The figure could be much higher as some entires contain more than one case, although it may also be lower because the methodology is unclear and some cases may have been counted multiple times.
Last month, the US said China is hiding the actual number of civilians killed by the virus, as well as the number of those infected.
US officials claimed that a White House report concluded that China’s official figures were fake.
When asked about the death toll from the U.S. coronavirus, which is now at 87,025, President Donald Trump previously said, “Do you think you get fair figures from some of those countries?
“Do you really believe those figures from this vast country called China?
“And that they have a certain number of cases and a certain number of deaths.
“Does anyone really believe that?
“Our reporting is really good and we report every death … We have more cases because we report more … Does anyone really believe the numbers of some of these countries that you have looked at and reported on?”
Yesterday, Trump said he was not interested in speaking to Chinese President Xi Jinping and even threatened to sever ties with China.