China Says Sudden Jump in Wuhan Coronavirus Death Toll Is Due to Statistical Verification, Not Cover Up

A senior Chinese official has defended a sudden increase in the coronavirus death toll in the central city of Wuhan, putting the spike down to standard statistical analysis and once again denying any suggestion of a cover-up.

In his daily briefing, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told journalists Friday that the Chinese government does not allow cover-ups, Reuters reported.

Wuhan city—where the COVID-19 coronavirus originated before spreading across the world to become a pandemic—revised its death toll up 50 percent on Friday, according to the state-run CCTV news channel.

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