Chinese officials revised the death total for Wuhan, the pandemic’s initial epicenter, upward by 50% today after a data review, as several countries progressed with plans to use apps for contact tracing, considered a key part of the health response as they ease distancing restrictions. The global pandemic total climbed to 2,218,332 cases today from 185 countries, along with 148,654 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard. Death additions came from database reviews China added 1,290 more deaths to the total for Wuhan, increasing the city’s total to 3,869 and increasing the country’s total to 4,632, according to a state media report posted on the National Health Commission (NHC) web site. Some experts have suspected that deaths were undercounted in China.

 

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