China announced on Friday that it has revised its balance sheet down the coronavirus epidemic, now 1380 dead, due to “duplicates” and after adoption the day beforea 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.
At the same time, it announced that it had cut 108 national deaths previously identified in Hubei province, the epicenter of the epidemic, from the national total.
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.
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.
A change in counting methodology
Health authorities in Hubei announced Thursday to everyone’s surprise a broadening of their definition of people infected with the new coronavirus. Until now, a screening test was essential to declare a patient as a “confirmed” case.
From now on, patients “clinically diagnosed” will also be counted. Clearly, those who have undergone, for example, a simple chest X-ray and in whom symptoms have been observed may also be declared “confirmed”.
This new method has the effect of significantly increasing the number of officially infected people and deaths in Hubei.
Objective stated: that no coronavirus patient should fall through the cracks and ensure that they all receive adequate treatment.