China’s 60,000 COVID-19 Deaths Spark Calls for Increased answerability and Misleading Data Release

China’s 60,000 COVID deaths since December

On Saturday, Chinese authorities announced that nearly 60,000 people have died from COVID-19 in China since early December. This includes deaths due to respiratory failure caused by the virus and fatalities from other ailments combined with COVID-19. National Health Commission official Jiao Yahui stated that this data shows that the “national emergency peak has passed.”

However, leading China analyst Carlos Martinez called the deaths “very sad” and a “drastic increase” compared to the last three years of extreme vigilance against the virus. He also pointed out that when comparing the death toll to other countries, it is important to consider China’s large population and the fact that a significant number of people die from all causes in the country.

Despite this, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for continued transparency and sharing of information by Beijing. WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus spoke with the director of China’s National Health Commission, Ma Xiaowei, on Saturday. The organization also stated that the overall epidemiology of the outbreak in the country is similar to waves of infection experienced by other countries.

China has faced criticism for a lack of transparency about the scale of the outbreak. Last month, Beijing changed the way it defined COVID deaths, only counting those who died from respiratory failure directly caused by the virus, a definition that the WHO has said is too narrow. The WHO has urged country to continue releasing information about its wave of COVID-19 infections.

Read our next article:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *