Beijing. China told on Saturday that about 60 thousand people have died in the country’s hospitals in the last 30 days. China’s move comes after criticism from the World Health Organization (WHO) that China is suppressing news related to the seriousness of the pandemic. The National Health Commission said on Saturday that 59,938 people died of COVID-19 in the country’s hospitals from December 8 to January 12, according to official media reports.
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Senior National Health Commission official Jiao Yahui said that 5,503 people died due to respiratory problems and 54,435 due to other diseases along with Covid-19. The commission noted that these deaths occurred in hospitals. There is also a possibility that people may have died in their homes as well.
The Chinese government stopped reporting COVID-19 cases and deaths in early December after abruptly lifting anti-pandemic measures. WHO had asked China to give more information about this. The average age of those who died is 80.3 years, and 90 percent of the dead were 65 or older, Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post reported.
China has stopped giving Covid figures on a daily basis. China reopened its borders to international travelers on January 8 after nearly three years. Health experts said here that the virus is spreading probably at the fastest rate in the country and lakhs of people are getting infected every day.
The BBC had reported in a news on Friday that it is estimated that 64 percent of the country’s population is infected with the virus. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Thursday in response to WHO’s criticism that China was sharing data related to Covid in a “timely, free and transparent manner in accordance with the law”.
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