China stops publishing daily data on COVID-19 amid surge in cases. According to the media, in the first 20 days of December, 250 million cases of infection were detected in the country, which is approximately 18% of the Chinese population.
A large number of infections were reported Bloomberg News and Financial Times. Journalists refer to the information of high-ranking officials in the field of health care in China. According to them, data on the disease were announced on December 21 at an internal meeting of the National Health Commission of China (NHC), writes Public.
The publications write that it was reported at the meeting that on December 20 alone, 37 million people in China were diagnosed with COVID-19. These numbers differ from those officially published. Yes, the authorities publicly announced 3,049 infections that day.
The NHC publicly reported 62,592 cases of COVID-19 in the first 20 days of December. Instead, the internal meeting estimated that 250 million people could have contracted COVID-19 during the same period. It is not known how the officials received such ratings.
In addition, on December 23, a local health representative in Qingdao stated, that 490 thousand to 530 thousand new cases of COVID-19 are registered every day in the city of 10 million people. This information was first spread by the state media, but later it was removed.
After the spread of information about the likely high incidence of NHC stopped publish daily data on COVID-19, writes The Guardian. Disease information will now be published by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, but how regularly is not known.
Despite the spike in infections, the NHC did not report a single death from the coronavirus for 4 days in a row before it stopped publishing daily statistics. China has narrowed its definition of a death from COVID-19, counting only deaths from pneumonia caused by the coronavirus or respiratory failure.
China has officially reported fewer than 10 deaths related to COVID-19 in the past two weeks, but a surge in demand for crematoria is seen as evidence that the true death toll is much higher.
“Zero policy” regarding COVID-19
In early December, China canceled its “zero policy” on the coronavirus, which has been in place for almost three years. The authorities relaxed lockdowns, quarantines, and also reduced testing. Those infected with the coronavirus or with mild symptoms of the coronavirus infection can be isolated at home, instead of moving to special hospitals or isolation centers.
In addition, PCR tests and digital passes will no longer be validated for travel between regions of China.
The overall vaccination rate in China is high, with 92% of the population having received at least one vaccination and 90% having received two vaccinations. However, the revaccination rate is lower, particularly among the elderly. Only 42.3% of people over 80 years old received the third dose of the vaccine, write CNN. Voice of America also writes that Chinese vaccines have proven to be less effective than Western RNA vaccines.
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