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Wuhan adds 1,300 'missed' deaths to official coronavirus toll

Revisions made to include deaths at home during start of outbreak

A hospital staff member walks past a sketch of Chinese President Xi Jinping wearing a face mask inside Leishenshan Hospital, a makeshift facility for treating COVID-19 patients in Wuhan on April 11.   © Reuters

Wuhan on Friday revised upward its official death toll from the coronavirus outbreak by 50%, citing missed deaths at the start of the contagion.

Authorities in the city of 11 million people, where the virus was first detected late last year, added 1,290 deaths, bringing the total to 3,869. The city, located in Hubei Province, also adjusted the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases upward by 325, bringing the total to 50,333 as of the end of Thursday, according to a notice from Wuhan's disease-control task force published on the website of the state-run Xinhua news agency.

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