WHO Asks China For More COVID Data After Reporting Nearly 60K Deaths

The World Health Organization is asking China to continue to release COVID-19 data after the country on Saturday reported nearly 60,000 coronavirus-related deaths since early December.
A passenger (C) receives a hug while leaving the arrival area of international flights at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport, in Shanghai on January 8, 2023. - China lifted quarantine requirements for inbound travellers on January 8, ending almost three years of self-imposed isolation even as the country battles a surge in Covid cases. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The death tolls was the first after the county’s ruling Chinese Communist Party abruptly dropped antivirus restrictions in December, despite a surge in infections that filled hospitals.
  • China, where the virus was first detected, has struggled to bring the COVID under control as other countries have largely returned to pre-pandemic life.
  • Two of China’s biggest problems, health experts say, is that it is using inferior vaccines and imposed lockdowns that has increased the risk of infection among its most vulnerable population, the elderly.

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