According to a report released on Sunday, over 43,000 people who had tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus were not included in the official tally of confirmed coronavirus cases in China.

The South China Morning Post revealed that Communist China purposely left these people out of the tally because they were “silent carriers” and had little to no symptoms.

Check out what the Daily Caller reported:

The asymptomatic individuals were placed in quarantine and were monitored by authorities, but they were not added to the China’s official tally of confirmed coronavirus cases, the SCMP reported.

China’s failure to report asymptomatic coronavirus cases in its official tally goes against the World Health Organization’s guidance that anyone who tests positive for the virus should be counted as a confirmed case, regardless of their symptoms.

WHO has said that asymptomatic transmission of coronavirus is “extremely rare,” however, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has reported instances of asymptomatic individuals spreading the virus.

“Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms,” the CDC said. “[B]ut this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”

In a study which included experts from China, the United States, Britain and Hong Kong estimated that up to 79% of coronavirus cases in Wuhan were spread by people who showed little to no symptoms.

“These undocumented infections often experience mild, limited, or no symptoms and hence go unrecognized, and, depending on their contagiousness and numbers, can expose a far greater portion of the population to the virus than would otherwise occur,” the experts reported.

The Daily Caller continues:

China’s handling of coronavirus at the onset of the outbreak has come under intense scrutiny.

In early January, Chinese authorities reprimanded of the first doctors in Wuhan to warn people about the virus, accusing him of “spreading rumors online” and “severely disrupting social order.”

The doctor, 34-year-old Li Wenliang, was forced to sign a statement apologizing for blowing the whistle on the virus. Li died from coronavirus in February.

Five million people fled Wuhan by the time Chinese authorities locked down what was then the epicenter of the virus on Jan. 23, enabling the virus to spread around the world at a remarkable pace.

As of Monday morning there have been 343,692 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 15,430 deaths worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.