(Express) – Fear has erupted after a coronavirus tracker on one of China’s top tech giants Tencent briefly listed the death toll as almost 25,000 on Saturday. The figure comes in at almost one hundred times the official tally that day of just 300.

A death tally published by Chinese web giant Tencent has sparked a huge online debate over the true number of coronavirus victims after the website briefly displayed a death toll in the thousands. Many fear the true number of victims of the deadly coronavirus could be much higher than official statistics show.

On Saturday evening Tencent posted on its virus tracker website that the confirmed number of cases, suspected cases, and deaths were far higher than the official tally. However, the statistics were quickly deleted from the site and were updated just minutes later to reflect official government numbers. FULL REPORT

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