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'A very hard road ahead' for China as Covid-19 cases spiral

The Manila Times
The Manila Times
'A very hard road ahead' for China as Covid-19 cases spiral

China will no longer publish daily figures for coronavirus cases and deaths, the National Health Commission said on Sunday, ending a practice that began in early 2020.

Cities across China have struggled with surging infections, and a resulting shortage of pharmaceuticals and overflowing hospital wards, after Beijing rapidly dismantled its "zero Covid" strategy.

"From today, we will no longer publish daily information on the epidemic," the NHC said without giving an explanation for its policy shift.

But the end of strict testing mandates has made caseloads virtually impossible to track, while authorities have narrowed the medical definition of a Covid death in a move experts say will suppress the number of fatalities attributable to the virus.

"The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will publish information about the outbreak for reference and research purposes," the NHC said without specifying the type or frequency of data to be published by the CDC.


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