WHO urges China to release more COVID-19 information after Beijing reports 60,000 coronavirus-related deaths
Beijing’s announcement was the first official death toll since the ruling Communist Party abruptly dropped antivirus restrictions in December despite a surge in infections that flooded hospitals. That left the WHO and other governments appealing for information, while the United States, South Korea and other countries imposed controls on Chinese visitors.
A woman and children wearing face masks walk by masked travelers wait at a departure hall to catch their trains at the West Railway Station in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023.
(AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Previously the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention had only reported 36 deaths from Dec. 7 and Jan. 8, according to the Washington Post.
In the revised death toll, Beijing said 5,503 people died of respiratory failure caused by COVID-19 and there were 54,435 fatalities from cancer, heart disease and other ailments combined with COVID-19 between Dec. 8 and Jan. 12.