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China's Wuhan city revises up death toll by 1,290 - a 50% increase

 Wuhan city revises up death toll. ft.com Wuhan city revises up death toll.

Numbers of total cases in the city were also raised by 325

April 17, 2020

Staff reporter

Wuhan, China: The total number of coronavirus deaths in Wuhan has been revised up by 1,290 - a 50% increase.

The city, which was the epicentre of the outbreak of the Coronavirus says the increase is due to previous omissions, delays and mistakes.

According to the latest figures, 3,869 people are known to have died from COVID-19 in the Chinese city.

Earlier in April Wuhan lifted a lockdown that had paralysed the city of 11 million for more than two month.

Wuhan's revised death toll of 3,869 is the most in China.

Numbers of total cases in the city were also raised by 325 to 50,333, accounting for about two-thirds of China's total 82,367 announced cases.

According to Sky News, the official Xinhua News Agency quoted an unidentified official with Wuhan's epidemic and prevention and control headquarters as saying that during the early stages of the outbreak, "due to the insufficiency in admission and treatment capability, a few medical institutions failed to connect with the disease prevention and control system in time, while hospitals were overloaded and medics were overwhelmed with patients".

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