Wuhan abruptly increased its coronavirus death toll to 50% higher than previously reported

The central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus first appeared late last year, revised its death toll sharply higher on Friday.

Local authorities changed the previous figure of 2,579 to 3,869, China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

The change, 1,290 additional deaths, is an increase of almost exactly 50%. Officials also added another 325 cases that had not led to a death, bringing the city’s total reported cases to 50,333.

That brings China’s official death toll up to 4,632.