On Friday the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus first emerged last year, revised upwards its death toll by 1,290 to 3,869 – an increase of 45%.
It also revised up its number of confirmed cases by 325 to 50,333, according to a statement from the Wuhan Municipality.
The authorities gave four reasons for the revision in official figures.
Some patients died at home without seeing a doctor or being tested for the virus as hospitals were overwhelmed during the epidemic’s peak, said the statement.
Late and incomplete reporting due to medical workers and institutions overwhelmed