China Admits it Vastly Underreported Its COVID-19 Death Toll

April 17, 2020

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On Friday, China admitted to vastly underreporting its coronavirus-related death toll--primarily in the city of Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated. The updated figures show a 50 percent spike in the amount of people who actually died in Wuhan, with the toll now listed at 3,869. Nationwide, the revised death toll rose from 3,342 to 4,632. The Xinhua News Agency reports that certain deaths weren't counted originally because people either died at home when hospitals had no room for them, or they died at hospitals not linked to the epidemic information network. “As a result, belated, missed and mistaken reporting occurred,” Xinhua quoted an unidentified official from the city’s response headquarters as saying.