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Chinese state media records decrease in COVID wave before WHO meeting

China’s state media records decrease in the severity of the Covid-19 wave that was sweeping the nation a day before its scientist’s schedule to brief the World Health Organization on the virus’ evolution.

China’s abrupt U-turn on Covid controls on December 7 and the reliability of its case and mortality data have drawn increased attention at home and abroad, leading some nations to impose travel restrictions.

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Funeral homes reported an increase in business as the virus spreads.

International health experts also estimated that the world’s most populous nation will experience at least one million fatalities this year.

Three additional Covid deaths were reported in China making the official toll 5,253 since the pandemic started.

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Vice President of Beijing Chaoyang Hospital Tong Zhaohui told, “Severe and critical illnesses account for 3 percent to 4pc of infected patients currently admitted to designated hospitals in Beijing.”

According to local health officials, more than 80% of people in the southwest Sichuan province are infected.

However, the WHO urged China’s health officials on Friday to regularly exchange detailed and up-to-date information regarding the Covid situation.

The meeting of a technical advisory group will feature a presentation on viral sequencing by Chinese scientists, who had been invited by the agency to participate.

China had also been asked to share information on hospitalizations, fatalities, and immunizations.


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