The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wuhan as of the end of April 16 was revised up by 325 to 50,333, and the number of fatalities up by 1,290 to 3,869.
In a notification, the Wuhan municipal headquarters for the COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control said the revisions were made in accordance with related laws and regulations as well as the principle of being responsible for history, the people and the deceased.
This ensures that the information on the city’s COVID-19 epidemic is open and transparent, and the data are accurate, said the notification.
A surging number of patients at the early stage of the epidemic overwhelmed medical resources and the admission capacity of medical institutions. Some patients died at home without having been treated in hospitals.
During the height of their treating efforts, hospitals were operating beyond their capacities and medical staff were preoccupied with saving and treating patients, resulting in belated, missed and mistaken reporting.
Due to a rapid increase of designated hospitals for treating COVID-19 patients, including those administered by ministries, Hubei province, Wuhan city and its districts, those affiliated to companies, as well as private hospitals and makeshift hospitals, a few medical institutions were not linked to the epidemic information network and failed to report their data in time.
The registered information of some of the deceased patients was incomplete, and there were repetitions and mistakes in the reporting.
The city of Wuhan in central China on Friday revised its numbers of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) confirmed cases and deaths.
Why were revisions made to the numbers of confirmed cases and deaths of COVID-19?
The novel coronavirus epidemic is a major public health emergency which is the fastest spreading, most widely affecting, and most difficult to control since the founding of the New China.
As the main battleground for securing a decisive victory in the national epidemic prevention and control, Wuhan has taken the most comprehensive, stringent and thorough prevention and control measures under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council, as well as the command of the CPC Hubei provincial committee and the provincial government. Currently, the epidemic transmission in Wuhan has been basically contained and the restrictions on outbound travel channels have been lifted, creating favorable conditions for carrying out the checking and rectification work of the epidemic data in a comprehensive and detailed manner. Epidemic information, such as the confirmed cases and deaths, should be reported in time and released in an open, transparent and truthful manner.
In the early period of the outbreak, due to the insufficiency in admission and treatment capability, a few medical institutions failed to connect with the disease prevention and control system in time, while hospitals were overloaded and medics were overwhelmed with patients. As a result, belated, missed and mistaken reporting occurred.
In accordance with the fourth paragraph, Article 38 of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, which stipulates that “information on epidemic situation of infectious diseases shall be released in a timely and accurate manner”; the third paragraph, Article 25 of the Regulations on Preparedness for and Response to Emergent Public Health Hazards, which stipulates that “information shall be released in a timely, accurate and comprehensive way”; Article 19 of the Regulations for the Implementation of the Statistics Law of the People’s Republic of China, which stipulates that “if statistical data are incomplete or have obvious mistakes, the target under statistical investigation shall provide supplementation or correction according to law”; Article 14 and Article 15 of the Rules for the Population Death Information Registration (for trial implementation), which stipulate that “medical institutions shall establish data revision systems,” “medical institutions shall establish data comparison, verification and supplementation systems,” and other regulations, it is a must to rectify the numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths in the city.
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