AGENCIES, Wuhan: Numbers can be deceptive, ask any statistician and they can also be the source for worries too. Especially, at times like this when reliability of figures is absolutely critical for logistics and decision making by authorities or governments.
China’s coronavirus ground-zero city of Wuhan on Friday suddenly startled the global community after it raised its death toll count by 50 per cent, saying many fatal cases were “mistakenly reported” or missed entirely in an admission that comes amid growing global doubts about Chinese transparency.
The city government said in a social media posting that it had added 1,290 deaths to the tally in Wuhan, where the global pandemic emerged and which has suffered the vast majority of China’s fatalities from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
That brings the total number of deaths in the city to 3,869.
The change also pushes the nationwide death toll up by nearly 39 percent to 4,632, based on official national data released earlier on Friday.
China has come under increasing pressure over the coronavirus pandemic from many countries, the United States in particular. The US has frequently raised doubts about transparency and is probing whether the virus actually originated in a Wuhan laboratory that China has said emerged from a Wuhan food market that sells exotic wild animals for human consumption.