China has revised its official death toll from the novel coronavirus, raising the number of fatalities attributed to the pandemic by a third.
Officials in Wuhan — where cases were first detected late last year — said an additional 1,290 deaths had been attributed to the virus. They also recorded an increase in the number of confirmed cases of 325.
That brings Wuhan’s total number of cases to 50,333. The new death toll for Wuhan as of end of day Thursday is 3,869, the city government said.
Officials said they revised the figures to show “accountability to history, to the people and the victims,” as well as to ensure “open and transparent disclosure of information and data accuracy” — and the new data is the result of extensive work involving numerous government agencies and institutions.
Officials said the reasons for the discrepancies are:
- During the initial stage of the outbreak, some patients died at home due to lack of medical resources.
- During the peak of the outbreak, medical workers were overwhelmed and focused mostly on treatment, resulting in late reporting, omissions and misreporting of data.
- There was a rapid increase in the number of designated medical facilities, which were run by different levels of governments or private businesses, resulting in delayed reporting from certain medical institutions;
- Incomplete information on certain death cases resulted in repetitive reporting or misreporting.
China has faced increased scrutiny this week by the United States to be transparent in its reporting on the coronavirus pandemic.
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