Government official numbers most likely do not reflect actual infection cases nor 'confirmed deaths' (people die for other reasons too).
I believe many sick, infected and deceased folks in their homes may not dare to visit hospitals or have it confirmed they have this virus.
The only lab that can 'confirm' one has the disease is located in Wuhan (I think not by accident the break-out is not there and read that patient zero had never visited the market)
This lab has limited people so cannot handle more than a certain amount of kits to test + there aren't enough kits + these kits possibly having this virus are very expensive to transport.
No.. this is not like the flu and looks more harmful than people are told. Possibly to prevent financial crashes, hording, panic and shops being plundered / out of basic food.