OP Update: Directionality of skepticism
Is the loss of (15-21) million mobile users in China in part or partly linked to cover up of COVID-19 numbers?
I am not saying all these are COVID deaths. Maybe some part of it is related/ connected in some fashion and other parts may be mobile farms etc.
Digging into these huge number of losses & if we could break them down into various major chunks, could we find evidence that links to a cover up of Covid 19 losses?
What we have to see is mobile user numbers & their (montly/weekly) up/ down stats over the last few years & wonder if "its proportionately large" enough to warrant it not just being the "other reasons but also a portion of it is related to Covid 19 numbers being covered up.
To make a yes or no assessment in either direction without due data breakdown, would be premature.
Modified question - Please feel free to merge with above.
International Business Times reported on March 29 that 21 million cell phone accounts were cancelled in the past three months, and speculates that
gives an idea that probably these closed numbers belonged to the people who died due to the disease.
While explaining the scenario in China, Tang said,"At present, we don't know the details of the data. If only 10 percent of the cell phone accounts were closed because the users died because of the CCP virus [Novel Coronavirus], the death toll would be two million."
It also suggests alternative explanations:
"It's possible that some migrant workers had two cell phone 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."
Bloomberg also reported on March 23, 2020 that 21 million users were lost, but didn't speculate that it was caused by millions of unreported COVID-19 deaths.
Do these figures show that millions of Chinese people have been killed by COVID-19?