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China changes patient count method again, feeding mistrust

Second revision in a month slashes number of daily infections

A community worker measures the body temperature of a man as police officers inspect his documents at a checkpoint in Wuhan.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China has reported a significant drop in new coronavirus cases after revising diagnostic guidelines for the second time this month, deepening suspicions over the official numbers.

The mainland reported 394 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to the National Health Commission -- down sharply from the day-earlier 1,749. Total confirmed cases on the mainland reached 74,576.

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