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China Defends 50% Revision of Death toll from Covid-19 in Wuhan

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Wuhan’s prevention and control taskforce have revised the death toll in Wuhan upwards by 50%, from 2,579 to 3,869. The updated figure comes after weeks of scepticism about the reported death toll, as other countries have seen fatalities reach more than 10,000.

The agency said reasons for the change included adding the number of patients unable to reach hospitals, late, mistaken or double reporting, as well as difficulty linking information reported from private hospitals, temporary hospitals and other medical institutions that handled patients.

“Life and the people are paramount. Every loss of life during the epidemic is not just a source of sorrow for their family, but the city as well. We would like to send our sincere sympathies to the family members of those who died during the epidemic, as well as our comrades and medical staff who sacrificed their lives,” it said.

Death Toll Revision

China’s foreign ministry has been defending the state’s approach after Wuhan’s prevention and control task force revised the death toll in the Chinese city upwards by 50% – from 2,579 to 3,869 –

The ministry said that authorities conducted a ‘statistical verification’ of its Covid-19 toll to ensure accuracy in what it said was a common international practice, Reuters reports,

There had never been a cover-up of the figures around the outbreak, the ministry added.

Citing the number of patients who had died at home before reaching hospital, as well as late and inaccurate reporting, Wuhan’s task force on virus prevention and control had said earlier: “Every loss of life during the epidemic is not just a source of sorrow for their family, but for the city as well. We would like to send our sincere sympathies to the family members.”

Source: The Guardian

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