Prior to the global spread of COVID-19, there had been criticism of the Chinese leaders handling of the virus’s rapid spread and the lack of information shared. Now local officials, civil servants and whistleblowers say that Beijing’s reports of businesses returning to full work capacity are fake. Companies are being ordered to run machines and leave lights on during work hours to drive up the electricity consumption statistics. Businesses are also posting false staff attendance records in an effort to promote the appearance of pre-coronavirus employee numbers.
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