Coronavirus: China's virus number was revised down after deaths counted twice

BEIJING: The death toll in China from the new epidemic was revised down to 1,380 on Friday after authorities said some deaths had been counted more than once.

The National Health Commission eliminated 108 deaths after discovering duplicate statistics in the most affected central province, according to its daily update, without providing more details.

The commission also subtracted 1,043 from the total number of infections confirmed in Hubei after a verification.

The death toll is now 1,380, even after reporting 116 new deaths in Hubei and another five reported Friday in other parts of China, according to the commission.

The total number of cases has now increased to 63,851.

The extent of the epidemic seemed to deepen on Thursday after authorities in Hubei began counting patients diagnosed with lung images, in addition to those who underwent laboratory tests.

The review added almost 15,000 patients to Hubei's count in a single day, and officials explained that past cases were included. The first cases arose in December in, the capital of Hubei.

Hubei reported more than 4,800 new cases on Friday.