The head of the Bureau of Medical Administration under the National Health Commission (NHC) said that the number of COVID-related deaths in China totaled 59,938 between December 8 and January 12.
In China, reports over 900 million people have been infected with the coronavirus as of 11 January, that is 64% of the country’s population got the virus, a Peking University study revealed.
It ranks Gansu province, where 91% of the people are reported to be infected, at the top, followed by Yunnan, (84%) and Qinghai (80%).
The report estimates that 64% of the country’s population has the virus. A top Chinese epidemiologist is also guessing that now it’s time for covid to reach the ruler areas in china as people will start moving to their homes for the lunar year holidays.
Covid is supposed to peak ahead of the lunar year in china and the peak of the covid wake is expected to last two to three months.
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China finally admits huge rise in Covid-19 deaths
After all the hiding and manipulation of the data amid global criticism, china has finally reported the rise of covid deaths in the country after abandoning its strict zero covid policy. China on Saturday (January 14, 2023) finally reported nearly 60,000 Covid-19-related deaths.
Jiao Yahui, the head of the Bureau of Medical Administration under the National Health Commission (NHC), said that between December 8 and January 12, the number of Covid-related deaths in Chinese hospitals totaled 59,938.
Of these fatalities, 5,503 were caused by respiratory failure due to coronavirus, while the remainder resulted from a combination of COVID-19 and other diseases. Of the total deaths in China, 90.1% were among people 65 and older.
“It includes 5,503 deaths caused by respiratory failure directly due to the virus, and 54,435 deaths caused by underlying diseases combined with Covid Jiao,” the head of the Bureau of Medical Administration said.
“The number of fever clinic visitors is generally in a declining trend after peaking, both in cities and rural areas,” she added.
WHO on data transparency
China had been accused of manipulation of data about covid related deaths after abandoning its strict zero covid policy in early December. The officials of china had been underreporting the numbers related to covid death.
Health officials in China insisted that it was “not necessary” to look for the exact number. Beijing had previously revised its methodology for counting covid deaths saying the people who died of respiratory failure caused by the virus are only to be reported.
WHO had been criticizing the underreporting of deaths and called Beijing’s methodology “too narrow”. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said the organization was continuing to “ask China for more rapid, regular, reliable data on hospitalization and deaths, as well as… viral sequencing”.
International health experts have expected the total covid related deaths to be around a million in china this year.
Most of the deaths are reported to be aged above 65
China’s health officials said the average age of those who died was 80.3 years old, with over 90 percent of fatalities above 65 years old. Of the patients who died, 90.1% were aged 65 and older.
But the concern here is over a million people aged above 60 are still unvaccinated in china.
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