March 22, 2020 Natalie Keshing, Editor-in-Chief, Nats.news where #TruthMatters
The Closing of 21 Million Cell Phone Accounts in China May Suggest a High Chinese Death Toll
It is alarming and only too telling that the number of Chinese cellphone users dropped by 21 million in the past three months in China. Beijing authorities announced this on March 19, 2020. Could this possibly be due to deaths from the CCP Coronvirus; contributing to a much higher number of deaths.
The Chinese Communist Party regime controls their entire population through their cell phones and rates their social behavior accordingly. Tang Jingyuan, a US based China affairs commentator said, “People can’t survive without a cellphone.” Jingyuan added, “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 their cellphones.”
“The Chinese regime requires all Chinese to use their cellphones to generate a health code. Only with a green health code are Chinese allowed to move in China now. It’s impossible for a person to cancel their cellphone.”
“China introduced mandatory facial scans on Dec. 1, 2019, to confirm the identity of the person who registered the phone. As early as September 1, 2010, China required all cellphone users to register phones with their real identification, by which the state can control people’s speech via its large-scale monitoring system.”
“Chinese people’s bank accounts and social security accounts are bundled with their cellphone plans; apps on Chinese phones check SIM cards against the state’s database to make sure the number belongs to the user.”
Even more alarming Beijing launched cellphone-based health codes on March 10, 2020. All people in China must install a cellphone app and register their personal health information. Then the app can generate a QR code, which appears in three colors, to classify the user’s health level. Red means the person has an infectious disease, yellow means the person might have one, and green means the person doesn’t.
Beijing claims that the health codes are intended to prevent the spread of the CCP virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus.
“China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced on March 19, 2020 the number of phone users in each province in February. Compared with a previous announcement released on December 18, 2019, for November, 2019 data, both cellphone and landline users dropped dramatically. In the same period the year before, the number of users increased.” Here again, is this coincidental that in November and December of 2019 the Coronavirus started to spread at an alarming rate where people were filling hospitals beyond their capacities and dying at a faster rate than the cremation facilities could keep up with. The tags on the dead indicated they died of pneumonia and didn’t indicate COVID-19 or the Wuhan virus.
“The number of cellphone users decreased from 1.6 billion to 1.5 billion, a drop of 21.03 million. The number of landline users decreased from 190.83 million to 189.99 million, a drop of 840,000.”
On China’s largest online news site Tencent, it revealed through screen grabs the ‘real’ coronavirus death toll figure at 24,589 on February 2, 3020. If true, China’s report of 80,703 coronavirus cases is vastly understated; this number has also not changed much within the recent weeks. The death toll was reported from China at 3,098 which is significantly less than 24,589 deaths. Assuming the same 3.8% mortality rate, these new death statistics would correspond to 650,000 coronavirus cases in China alone. Some say journalists leaked these statistics in defiance of Beijing’s order; others argued the images might have been edited as a smear campaign against China.
In the February, 2019, the number increased. According to MIIT, the number of cellphone users increased in February 2019 from 1.5591 billion to 1.5835 billion, which is 24.37 million more. The number of landline users increased from 183.477 million to 190.118 million, which is 6.641 million more.
The 2020 decrease in landline users may be due to the nationwide quarantine in February, during which small businesses were shut down. But the decrease in cellphone users can’t be explained in this way.
According to the operation data of all three Chinese cellphone carriers, cellphone accounts increased in December 2019 but dropped steeply in 2020 during the CCP virus.
China Mobile’s performance in the same months in 2019 was markedly different; it gained 2.411 million more accounts in January 2019 and 1.091 million more in February 2019.
China Telecom is the second-largest carrier, holding about 21 percent of the market. It gained 1.18 million users in December 2019, but lost 0.43 million users in January 2020 and 5.6 million users in February 2020. In 2019, it gained 4.26 million in January and 2.96 million in February. The drop in users is substantial and dramatic for 2020.
China Unicom, which hasn’t yet published the data for February, shares the same experience as the other two telecoms in January 2020 versus in early 2019. The company lost 1.186 million users in January 2020 contrasted with gains of 2.763 million users in January 2019 and 1.962 million users in February 2019.
China allows each adult to apply for at most five cellphone numbers. Since Feb. 10, the majority of Chinese students have taken online classes with a cellphone number due to their schools being ordered to stay closed. These students’ accounts are under their parents’ names, which means some parents needed to open a new cellphone account in February. This should have led to an increase in February as opposed to the drop observed.
Analyzing the Numbers
The big question is whether the dramatic drop in cellphone accounts reflects the account closings of those who have died due to the CCP virus.
“It’s possible that some migrant workers had two cellphone numbers before. One is from their hometown, and the other is from the city they work in. In February, they might close the number in the city they work in because they couldn’t go there,” Tang said. Typically, migrant workers would have gone to their home city for the Chinese New Year in January, and then travel restrictions would have prevented them from returning to the city where they held a job. Since the CCP downplayed the virus, many migrant workers would have expected to return to the city they work in and would keep the cellphone number.
In addition, because there is a basic monthly fee to hold a cellphone account in China, the majority of migrant workers—the lowest income group—are likely to only have one cellphone account. China had 288.36 million migrant workers as of April 2019, according to the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics.
The economic dislocation caused by shutdowns in China may have also led some people who have an extra cellphone to cancel it. With business poor or stopped, they may not want to carry the extra expense.
“At present, we don’t know the details of the data. If only 10 percent of the cellphone accounts were closed because the users died because of the CCP virus, the death toll would be 2 million,” Tang said. The population of China is about 1.437 billion and if the death toll is estimated at 2 million, this amounts to a very low 0.14% death rate.
The reported death toll in China doesn’t line up with what can otherwise be determined about the situation there.
A comparison with the situation in Italy also suggests the Chinese death toll is significantly underreported. Italy adopted similar measures to those used by the Chinese regime. The CCP virus death toll in Italy of 4,825 translates to a death rate of 9 percent. In China, where a much larger population was exposed to the virus, the reported death toll of 3,265 translated to a death rate of only 4 percent, less than half that reported in Italy.
Activities in the outbreak epicenter of Hubei Province seem to contradict the reported death toll in China. The seven funeral homes in the city of Wuhan were reported to be burning bodies 24 hours a day, seven days a week in late January. Hubei Province has used 40 mobile cremators, each capable of burning five tons of medical waste and bodies a day, since Feb. 16. This implies numbers of deaths over 3,000 per day or 90,000/month. The numbers across China could be much higher. CCP is grossly underreporting the death toll in China. According to the John Hopkins University reporting the number of deaths in Hubei, China are 3,144.
Lacking the real data the death toll will remain a mystery until… The cancellation of 21 million cellphones provides a data point that suggests the real number may be far higher than the official number.