China’s NHC to stop publishing ‘daily COVID figures’
As infections have exploded following an abrupt easing of strict restrictions, China’s National Health Commission (NHC) stopped publishing daily COVID-19 data on Sunday. This decision was made amid concerns about their validity.
“Relevant COVID information will be published by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention for reference and research,” the commission said in a statement, without specifying the reasons for the change or how frequently China CDC will update COVID information. (Reuters).
The NHC stopped disclosing data after reporting no COVID deaths nationwide for four days in a row despite the record-breaking surge in infections. World health experts expressed concern after China limited the definition of COVID deaths in its reporting, counting only those caused by pneumonia or respiratory failure due to the virus.