The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday (January 4) criticized the new Chinese definition, "
", of a death attributed to In China, everything is played on the exit of the Covid, saying that the statistics are out of step with the resumption of the epidemic in the country.
We believe that the current figures released by China under-represent the true impact of the disease in terms of hospital admissions, intensive care admissions and especially in terms of deaths
,” said Dr Michael Ryan, WHO official responsible for managing health emergencies, during a press conference.
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Worst outbreak in China
China is currently facing its worst outbreak ever, following the abrupt abandonment in early December of its so-called
Zero Covid policy
Despite this unprecedented wave of contamination, the country reports very few deaths linked to Covid-19 after a controversial change in methodology for accounting for cases.
From now on, only people who died directly from respiratory failure linked to Covid-19 are counted in the statistics.
This change in methodology means that a large number of deaths will no longer be listed as being due to Covid.
We think this definition is too narrow
” because it must be “
related to respiratory failure
”, insisted Dr Ryan.
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Last week, the WHO met with Chinese officials to discuss the explosion in the number of cases of contamination and hospitalizations.
We continue to ask China for faster, regular and reliable data on hospitalizations and deaths, as well as more complete and real-time sequencing of the virus
,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom. Ghebreyesus, during the press conference on Wednesday.
These data are useful to WHO and the world and we encourage all countries to share them.
Data remains essential for WHO to make regular, timely and robust risk assessments of the current situation and adapt its advice and guidance accordingly
,” he noted.