China has revised its official death count from the coronavirus, adding some 1,290 fatalities from the city of Wuhan amid sustained skepticism of its data on the epidemic.
The addition, reported by state news agency Xinhua on Friday, boosts the nationwide death toll by nearly 40% to 4,636, the majority coming from Hubei province where Wuhan is located. Some 325 new cases of infection were also added in the revision.
The additional deaths were all found in Wuhan, where the virus first emerged back in December.
They include cases where people died at home without seeing a doctor or being tested for the virus, which meant the cases were not recorded in data at the time, according to the Xinhua report, which cited officials from Wuhan’s epidemic control unit.
Other factors behind the revisions included late and incomplete reporting due to medical workers and institutions being overwhelmed treating patients during the epidemic.
During the crisis, designated hospitals to treat patients were also expanded to institutions at the municipal and district level, including private hospitals, and not all were connected to and feeding timely information to the central epidemic network, Xinhua said.
SOURCE : News Agencies