China Reports 13,000 Deaths from COVID Between Jan. 13 and 19

China’s ‘zero covid’ policy resuts in 72,596 deaths in 3 years

The Chinese government began to dismantle its ‘zero covid’ policy at the start of December, after almost three years of harsh restrictions and confinements. China’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, since last December 8, a total of 72,596 deaths have occurred, of which 681 have been attributed directly to Covid-19 and 11,977 have been attributed to other underlying ailments associated with the disease.

Since the end of December, the country has stopped publishing daily bulletins on the evolution of infections and deaths from covid to do so on a weekly basis. However, it is known that over the Lunar New Year Holidays (January 21 to 27) an estimated 36,000 deaths per day occurred, according to a British health sector analysis company Airfinity.

The latest update from the CDC states that more than 470,000 people have been hospitalised for covid since the start of December, with approximately 52,000 being considered seriously ill. Chief epidemiologist of the CDC, Wu Zunyou, estimates that 80% of the population have already contracted the disease. This would equate to approximately 1,129.4 million cases.

China’s decision to reduce the category A (maximum danger) to B to manage the Covid-19 epidemic marks the end of the ‘zero covid’ strategy in practice.

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