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Covid Death Numbers Reported by China Understate the Total Death Toll

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eMediNexus    18 January 2023

According to several experts, more than 60,000 COVID-related death cases were recorded in China in the first 5 weeks of the current outbreak. They stated that they represent the largest casualty in history and may underestimate the true toll by hundreds of thousands of fatalities. As per the data released by the National Health Commission, China′s unexpected abandonment of Covid Zero in early December 2022 sparked this wave of omicron-type infections. This outbreak had resulted in 59,938 virus-related fatalities in the country′s hospitals as of January 12.

 

Experts have stated that although the numbers are likely underestimated due to the enormous scale of the outbreak, the present mortality rates seen are equal to the rate seen at the height of omicron waves in other countries that initially pursued a COVID Zero strategy. According to a Bloomberg study, the official death toll amounted to 1.17 deaths per day for every million people in the nation over the course of five weeks.

 

Recently, Dr. Ma Xiaowei, the head of China′s National Health Commission, and WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, discussed the countrys COVID-19 issue. The World Health Organization stated in a statement that it appreciated the meeting and the information made available to the public about the general situation. In the meeting, the agency received information from Chinese officials on a variety of subjects, including outpatient clinics, hospitalizations, patients in need of emergency and critical care, and hospital mortality attributed to the COVID-19 infection. 

 

(Source: https://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay?newsID=1040495)

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