The coronavirus death toll in China was reviewed and revised downwards to 1,380 on Friday after officials stated that some deaths had been double-counted.
The National Health Commission eliminated 108 deaths after finding “duplicate statistics” in central Hubei province, said the daily update, not providing further details.
The commission also removed 1,043 from the complete number of confirmed infections in Hubei following a “verification.”
The death toll is now at 1,380 after adding 116 new cases in Hubei along with five others reported elsewhere in China on Friday, the commission said.
The total number has reached 63,851 as of now.
The epidemic seemed to be at its strongest on Thursday after authorities in Hubei began counting patients who were diagnosed by lung imaging, and those who went through lab tests.
The revision of the count added approximately 15,000 patients to Hubei’s count in a day. Officials explained that previous cases were also considered.
First of these cases began in December in Wuhan, Hubei’s capital.
Hubei had more than 4,800 emerging cases on Friday, said reports.