The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the dealy coronavirus first originated last December, on Friday, revised the total numbers of COVID-19 positive cases and deaths.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wuhan as of April 16 was revised up by 325 to 50,333, and therefore the number of fatalities up by 1,290 to 3,869, reports Xinhua press agency.
The Wuhan municipal headquarters for the COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control, in a notification, said that revisions were made in accordance with related laws and regulations as well as the principle of being responsible for history, the people and the deceased.
Four reasons for the info discrepancies were listed within the notification:
A surging number of patients at the first stage of the epidemic overwhelmed medical resources and therefore the admission capacity of medical institutions. Some patients died without having been treated in hospitals.
During the peak of their treating efforts, hospitals were operating beyond their capacities and medical staff was preoccupied with saving and treating patients, leading to belated, missed and mistaken reporting.
Due to a rapid increase of designated hospitals for treating COVID-19 patients, including those administered by ministries, Hubei province, Wuhan city and its districts, those affiliated to companies, also as private hospitals and makeshift hospitals, a couple of medical institutions weren't linked to the epidemic information network and did not report their data in time.
The registered information of a number of the deceased patients was incomplete, and there have been repetitions and mistakes in the reporting.
An official of the headquarters told the media that a group for epidemic-related big data and epidemiological investigations was established in late March.
The group used information from online systems and picked up full information from all epidemic-related locations to make sure that facts about every case are accurate and each figure is objective and proper, the official said.
"What lies behind epidemic data are the lives and health of the general public, as well as the credibility of the government," said the official, adding that the timely revision of the figures, among other things, shows respect for every single life.