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Sprecher des chinesischen Außenministeriums zu der Revision der Zahl der bestätigten Infektions- bzw. Todesfälle in Wuhan

Zu der Revision der Zahl der bestätigten Infektions- bzw. Todesfälle in Wuhan nahm der Sprecher des chinesischen Außenministeriums ZHAO Lijian auf der Pressekonferenz am 17. April in Beijing Stellung wie folgt:

Regarding the authenticity of the data, this morning, Wuhan municipality reported the revised number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and fatalities.

There are clear provisions in Chinese laws concerning the release and revision of information on infectious diseases. As the COVID-19 situation is by and large brought under control, to make sure that open, transparent and accurate information is released, the Wuhan Municipal Command for COVID-19 response has set up a big data and epidemiological task force, and conducted detailed and case-by-case statistical investigation and verification to revise the number of confirmed cases and fatalities.

Data revision in the case of highly infectious diseases is a common international practice. At the early stage of an epidemic, a small number of medical facilities might be saddled with a flood of new cases and might not promptly link up with the information system for disease prevention and control. And, medical workers at some facilities might be preoccupied with saving lives that there existed delayed reporting, under-reporting or misreporting. But there has never been any cover-up; nor was a cover-up ever allowed. In fact, as we have noticed, data revision has been conducted in some other countries and regions.

What I want to stress is that life and health are the most basic needs and commonest aspirations of the people. Behind the epidemic data are people's lives and health, as well as the government's credibility. The timely revision of the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and fatalities by Wuhan municipality is conducive to safeguarding the rights and interests of the people and science-based decision-making in the prevention and control of the epidemic. It is also a response to social concerns and shows respect for every life. The data released by Wuhan municipality precisely reflects an open, transparent and realistic attitude, and observance of the principle of being responsible to history, to our people and to live lives lost to the virus.

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