April 17, 2020
China’s death toll from the coronavirus has jumped sharply, after the city of Wuhan, where the virus emerged last year, added another 1,300 fatalities to its official count. The revision raises the death toll in the 11-million-person city by 50% to 3,869, and brings the China’s overall death toll to more than 4,600.
Deaths from the coronavirus are difficult to count in the absence of widespread testing. Chinese officials said the reasons for the revision included the addition of deaths of people at home and at medical institutions that weren’t reporting data to its epidemic network.