China Now Admits Coronavirus Death Toll In Wuhan Was 50% Higher Than Reported

Wuhan, the Chinese city where the coronavirus outbreak began in late 2019, has revised its coronavirus death toll by 50%, admitting a further 1,290 people have died after contracting the virus, but China denies that it covered up the figures.

The total number of people who have died after contracting coronavirus in Wuhan now stands at 3,869, up from the 2,579 initially reported.

The number of cases was also revised and rose 325, to a total of 50,333 in the city.

Across mainland China, no new deaths were reported on Thursday, but 26 new cases were recorded, 15 of which were ‘imported cases’.

Wuhan claims the lag in numbers was down to a shortage of medical staff  and limited hospital capacity, leading to some hospitals not updating local disease control officials.

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