The death toll has dropped in China due to “duplicates”. The assessment of the coronavirus epidemic is now 1380 deaths.
The risks of being contaminated are higher in hospitals. Six health workers died in China of the new coronavirus and a total of 1,716 infected, according to a report announced this Friday by the government.
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The announcement came a week after the death of a doctor due to the virus, who had tried to alert the authorities at the very beginning of the epidemic but had been reprimanded by the police. His death had caused anger on social networks.
Balance sheet revised downwards
China also announced on Friday that it has revised downwards its assessment of the coronavirus epidemic, now 1380 dead, due to “duplicates” and after the adoption the day before of a new accounting method. The National Health Commission, which acts as a ministry, has announced 121 new deaths from people with Covid-19 viral pneumonia in the past 24 hours.
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At the same time, she announced that she had cut from the national total 108 deaths previously identified in Hubei province (center), the epicenter of the epidemic. It justifies this revision by “duplicates in the statistics”, noted after a “verification” of which it does not specify the nature. Without this correction, the national balance sheet would have approached 1,500 deaths on Friday.
New screening method
The total number of cases of infection in mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macao), which has also been revised due to “duplicates”, also stands at 63,851.
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A new screening method significantly increased the number of officially infected people and deaths in Hubei.
From now on, “clinically diagnosed” patients will also be counted. Objective stated: that no coronavirus patient should fall through the cracks and ensure that they all receive adequate treatment.