Wuhan, originally the epicenter of the new coronavirus epidemic, has revised the number of COVID-19 victims by 50%, or 1,290 people.
Thus, according to local authorities, the epidemic has claimed a total of 3,869 lives in the city.
A statement issued by the Hubei provincial government said the number of victims had been revised based on the latest data provided by medical authorities and the fact that some COVID-19 patients had died at home because of the overcrowding of hospitals in the early stages of the epidemic.
“In the early stage, due to limited hospital capacity and the shortage of medical staff, a few medical institutions failed to connect with local disease control and prevention systems in a timely manner, which resulted in delayed reporting of confirmed cases and some failures to count patients accurately,” state media cited an unidentified Wuhan official as saying.
Rumors of more victims were fuelled for weeks by pictures of long queues of family members waiting to collect ashes of cremated relatives and reports of thousands of urns stacked at a funeral home waiting to be filled.
In the past, Chinese statistics on the coronavirus epidemic have been called into question both abroad and in China itself.
The total number of infections registered in Wuhan has increased by 325 and now reaches 50,333.