China’s National Health Commission, which acts as a ministry, announced today that it will no longer publish daily data on Covid cases and deaths, as it has done since early 2020. The same commission gave no explanation for this. However, these statistics no longer reflect the unprecedented wave of infections that have hit China since the abandonment, last December 7, of the strict health measures of the “zero Covid” policy.
AFP reports that the semi-mandatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests have made it possible to reliably follow the progression of the epidemic. But people infected with the virus are now tested at home and rarely report results to authorities, preventing reliable data from being obtained. And the National Health Committee specified, “As of today, we will not publish daily information about the epidemic.”
The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will release information related to the outbreak for reference and research purposes,” the commission added, without specifying the type or frequency of data to be released.
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