(Apr 3): Amid accusations that Beijing had falsified its COVID-19 numbers, a professor of public health at the University of California Berkeley has expressed that he and public health colleagues have few doubts about the accuracy of Chinese statistics.

"I'm not exactly sure what the politics of that are, but presumably sooner or later, word would get out if they were seriously under counting things," said Professor Arthur Reingold. "So I'm pretty prepared to believe that it's more or less accurate," said Reingold at an online forum organised by Matthews Asia, the US’s largest Asia-only investment firm. 

Beijing had no incentive to report fraudulent statistics, he noted,  as such deception would soon be exposed, said Reingold who is Division Head of Epidemiology at the university’s Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Health.

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