COVID Cases in China Reach Close to 60,000 After Loosening Lockdown Policy

- 17 January 2023 14:43 WIB
Illustration. A large crowd on the streets of Shanghai, China. (Javier Quiroga/Unsplash)
Illustration. A large crowd on the streets of Shanghai, China. (Javier Quiroga/Unsplash)

JAKARTADAILY.ID – The number of Covid-19 cases in China has surged again since mid-December. According to a report from the BBC on Sunday, January 15, 59,938 people died in the period between December 8, 2022, to January 12, 2023.

This is the highest death toll from Covid-19 the country has experienced in a month since it ended its zero-Covid policy.

China has also been accused of not reporting cases of death due to the coronavirus accurately. In fact, the number of Covid-19 patients occupying hospitals and health facilities continues to increase. According to Chinese officials, most of those who died were over 80 years of age, most of whom had underlying health problems.

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Of the approximately 60,000 deaths, 5,503 cases were caused by respiratory failure due to the virus. Meanwhile, 54,435 cases were caused by congenital disease conditions combined with the coronavirus.

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) considers that the number of cases of death due to Covid-19 tends to be higher. This is because the Chinese government only reports on cases of death recorded in medical facilities.

Last month, Beijing changed the way it categorizes Covid deaths, counting only those who died from respiratory failure directly caused by the coronavirus.

The WHO criticized China's definition, describing it as "too narrow a calculation."

Beijing insists its figures are accurate and called for WHO to "uphold China's scientific position in an objective and fair manner."

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Editor: Suksmajati Kumara

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