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Coronavirus: Amid repeated changes, which number is which?

In new guidelines posted on Wednesday, China announced that it was once again changing the way coronavirus infections are tabulated, making it the second time in a month the methodology is being changed.

The new counting method has resulted in an almost immediate reduction in new infections.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 21, 2020, with the headline 'Amid repeated changes, which number is which?'. Print Edition | Subscribe