Bako, John Chukwudi April 17, 2020
Wuhan, the central Chinese city at the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, couple of hours ago revised its death toll up by 1,290 to 3,869—an increase of 50% from its previous count.
Chinese authorities explained the revision by noting that some hospitals were overwhelmed early in the outbreak, leading to cases being incorrectly reported, delayed, or omitted.
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported yesterday that the government was revising the numbers in accordance with the law, and quoted the special government operation team overseeing epidemic containment efforts in Wuhan as saying:
“Coronavirus figures not only concern people’s health and lives, but also the credibility of the government. The revision of the figures not only protects citizens’ rights… it also shows the government’s respect for each individual.” The total case count in Wuhan went up by 325, to 50,333, a 0.65% increase.
It will interest you to know that before this revision many people including those in Wuhan, have been skeptical of the city’s low official death toll (especially being the epicentre of the disease.
“The revision comes after weeks of scepticism, from both within and outside China, over the officially reported figures.”
Evidence of government cover-ups is rife, from the silencing of initial of whistle blowers to the revelation that state leaders hushed up the crisis for at least six crucial days, so distrust of official tallies runs deep.
Taking into account Wuhan’s revisions, the national Covid-19 death toll for China now stands at 4,632, out of a total of 86,629 confirmed cases.
Responding to the development China’s foreign ministry spoke person Zhao Lijian said “Medical workers at some facilities might have been preoccupied with saving lives and there existed delayed reporting, underreporting or misreporting, but there has never been any cover-up and we do not allow cover-ups.”