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Confusion mounts over China's counting methods as coronavirus numbers swing wildly

When cases spiked on Feb. 12, which coincided with China's ruling Communist Party naming several new officials to oversee Hubei and Wuhan provinces, Chinese political observers predicted that the move allowed the new regime to wipe the slate clean and be able to show progress. Foto: AFP/Greg Baker

BEIJING - Authorities in Hubei province reported good news Thursday: There were only 349 new coronavirus cases the previous day, the lowest tally in weeks.

The bad - and puzzling - news? Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, reported 615 new cases all by itself...

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