China’s official COVID-19 death counts have raised doubts amid an apparent surge of infections in major cities, with only two deaths reported since the government significantly eased its tight restrictions earlier this month despite long queues of vehicles forming at cremation sites.
After health authorities reported two deaths on December 3, four days before the stringent “zero-COVID” policy was drastically eased December 7, the daily COVID-19 death count had remained at zero until Sunday saw two new deaths.
The data did not reflect several local media reports of high-profile figures dying after contracting the virus.
Last week, China stopped releasing data on asymptomatic COVID-19 cases, with many people no longer taking PCR tests.
Chinese news website Caixin reported on Sunday that people who died after chronic illnesses had deteriorated due to COVID-19 infection may not be included in the official death counts based on a government notice issued on December 6.
Source: Leadership Newspaper