According to the National Health Commission, China reported Friday zero new Covid-19-related deaths. This is the same as Friday’s previous day. On December 23, 4,128 Covid-19 symptoms were reported in China, compared to 3,761 the day before.
China reported 4,103 new local infections on Monday, up from the previous day’s 3,696 according to Reuters.
China saw an increase in severe cases of 99 percent on Friday, compared to 42 the day before. China does not have exact figures for severe cases. Since the government has loosened its zero-Covid policies, it is difficult to trust official figures.
According to Reuters reports, mainland China had 397,195 confirmed cases of symptoms as of December 23.
ANI reported that the Chinese government defended its official tally, revealing that it had changed its method for counting deaths caused by the virus.
According to the most recent guidelines of the National Health Commission, Covid deaths are defined as those who die from pneumonia or respiratory failure following the infection. Wang Guiqiang is a leading infectious disease doctor.
According to CNN, ANI reported that anyone who is deemed to have died from another disease or underlying condition (e.g., a heart attack) will not count as a virus-related death.
Michael Ryan, the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Chief, also commented on China’s criteria for counting Covid-19-related deaths. He said that it was ‘quite narrow.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2009, the topic of counting deaths due to Covid or deaths caused by Covid has been a hot topic.
He said that the debate about how to count Covid death would be overshadowed in China by a larger issue: China has very few PCR testing since the government rolled back mass tests.