China Revises Wuhan’s Death Toll Upward By 50%

Quartz reports:

Wuhan, the central Chinese city at the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, just revised its death toll up by 1,290 to 3,869—an increase of 50% from its previous count. Chinese authorities explained the revision by noting that some hospitals were overwhelmed early in the outbreak, leading to cases being incorrectly reported, delayed, or omitted.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported yesterday that the government was revising the numbers in accordance with the law, and quoted the special government operation team overseeing epidemic containment efforts in Wuhan as saying: “Coronavirus figures not only concern people’s health and lives, but also the credibility of the government.

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