China accused of under-reporting Coronavirus Co-VID 19

epa08212961 A woman lays at the Guangzhou main railway station wearing protective masks for protection of Covid-19 in Guangzhou, China, 12 February 2020. The disease caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has been officially named Covid-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO). The outbreak, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has so far killed at least 1,115 people and infected over 45,000 others worldwide, mostly in China. EPA-EFE/ALEX PLAVEVSKI

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The Financial Times reports that frontline healthcare workers, patients and international experts have accused China of under-reporting the number of coronavirus victims in the country, saying authorities were conducting inadequate testing and medical facilities were overwhelmed.

China’s health commission has reported a decline in new coronavirus cases for eight consecutive days outside of Hubei province, where the outbreak started in the city of Wuhan. Official data showed that by Wednesday more than 1,100 people had died and there were more than 44,000 confirmed infections in the country.

FT

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