Coronavirus outbreak: China says there has never been a cover-up

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Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Friday there has never been a cover-up of the coronavirus outbreak in China and the government does not allow any cover-ups.

Zhao told reporters at a daily briefing that the revision of the case toll in Wuhan, where the epidemic first emerged in late 2019, was the result of a statistical verification to ensure accuracy and that revision is a common international practice.

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Wuhan’s health authority earlier on Thursday revised up its cumulative death toll by 50 percent to 3,869 to rectify what it called incorrect reporting, delays and omissions.

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Some, including US President Donald Trump, have openly questioned the accuracy of China’s disclosures regarding the scale of the epidemic in the country.

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