Beijing (AP) China has dramatically raised the number of people sickened and killed by its recent tainted milk powder scandal.
The government now admits six babies likely died and 300,000 were sickened. The figures back up months of complaints from parents who feel the government has been less than honest. It's an indication that China is starting to acknowledge the enormity of the crisis.
The Health Ministry's revised death toll is twice the previous figure. The new count of 294,000 babies who suffered urinary problems is six times higher than the initial number released in September.
The new admission raises the question of whether China is getting closer to finalizing a compensation plan, something thousands of parents are clamoring for.