We already know China lied about the origins of coronavirus, its ability to spread from person to person, and the cover up that enabled the outbreak to explode into a global pandemic. We also know the communist regime kicked out foreign journalists, including reporters from The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

So the CCP was probably lying about its coronavirus cases and death rates, too. Right?

In a report that (should have) surprised no one, intelligence officials confirmed the Chinese government’s statistics are, in fact, a lie. From Bloomberg:

China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three U.S. officials.

The officials asked not to be identified because the report is secret and declined to detail its contents. But the thrust, they said, is that China’s public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete. Two of the officials said the report concludes that China’s numbers are fake.

Stacks of thousands of urns outside funeral homes in Hubei province have driven public doubt in Beijing’s reporting.

Given the Chinese regime’s well-known propaganda efforts, you’d think this would be obvious. But unfortunately, public health officials relied on those statistics to make life and death decisions, while the media repeated them as fact.

When asked last night about the manipulated statistics, President Trump said, “we really don’t know” whether China’s coronavirus numbers are accurate.

His desire to maintain a good relationship with President Xi Jinping is understandable, but his response was a disappointment. Chinese lies are costing lives.

“The medical community interpreted the Chinese data as this was serious, but smaller than anybody expected because probably, we were missing significant amount of the data,” Dr. Deborah Birx said during a COVID-19 Task Force briefing this week.

According to an analysis from the Media Research Center of weekday broadcast evening news coverage from the first day U.S. major networks arrived at the coronavirus story (January 17), through the day President Trump declared it a national emergency (March 13), nearly 20% of news outlets cited CCP statistics without doubt.

“While nearly one-fifth of evening news stories cited official Chinese government statistics (63 out of 326), nearly all of the time (97%) those figures were presented without any challenge; only twice did the networks suggest there was any reason to doubt the figure,” the Media Research Center reports.

study published in March by the University of Southampton indicated that if Chinese authorities had acted three weeks earlier than they did, the number of coronavirus cases could have been reduced by 95% and its geographic spread limited.

The Chinese government had ample opportunity to be transparent and report the truth. Instead, they lied, covered it up, attempted to cover up the cover up, and made a bad situation exponentially worse. Now we’re learning the CCP is at it again, spreading more lies that are costing lives.