Wuhan Death Toll Raised by 50% as China Admits Mistakes

Headline Roundup April 17th, 2020

Chinese officials raised the official death toll in the city of Wuhan — where the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic first began — by over 50% Friday morning, adding nearly 1,300 fatalities to bring the city's total to 3,869. Officials said some deaths were "mistakenly reported," while others, such as deaths that occurred outside of hospitals, had been completely missed in some cases. The confusion led China to again deny accusations that it has masked the true toll of its outbreak.

Reporting outlets located throughout the political spectrum, particularly right-rated sources, framed the revision as another mark against China's handling of the pandemic and more purported evidence that Chinese officials may have instituted a wide-scale cover-up.

From the Center

The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus originated last year, has raised its official Covid-19 death toll by 50%, adding 1,290 fatalities.

Wuhan officials attributed the new figure to updated reporting and deaths outside hospitals. China has insisted there was no cover-up.

It has been accused of downplaying the severity of its virus outbreak.

Wuhan's 11 million residents spent months in strict lockdown conditions, which have only recently been eased.

The latest official figures bring the death toll in the city in China's central Hubei province to 3,869, increasing...

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From the Right

The death toll from the coronavirus surged by 50% in Wuhan, the city where the health crisis first emerged, after Chinese health authorities announced revised numbers.

The number of deaths increased from 1,290 to 3,869, according to a notice from Wuhan officials published by China’s Xinhua News Agency on Friday. The new figure puts the death toll in China at 4,632.

The death toll was revised to include people who had died at home and to correct misreporting by hospitals bombarded with patients, Wuhan officials said. The officials said they...

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From the Left

China’s economy shrank 6.8% in the three months of 2020, the country’s first such contraction on record and a stark sign of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The news came as Chinese authorities revised the death toll in Wuhan, the hardest hit city and where the virus first emerged, up by 50%, to 3,869 from 2,579.

Citing the number of patients who had died at home before reaching hospital, as well as late and inaccurate reporting, the city’s task force on virus prevention and control said: “Every loss...

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