BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Saturday announced nearly 60,000 Covid-related hospital deaths since the end of its “zero-Covid” policy in early December, a figure up sharply from its previous counts. whose credibility was questioned by the international community.
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2019, China has so far had a total death toll of just over 5,000, one of the lowest death rates in the world.
Between Dec. 8 and Jan. 12, the number of COVID-19-related deaths in Chinese hospitals rose to 59,938, Jiao Yahui, director of the Medical Administration Bureau at the Chinese Ministry of Health, told a press briefing. within the National Health Commission. The average age of those who died was 80.3, she said.
Jiao Yahui said 5,503 deaths were due to respiratory failure and the remaining 54,435 resulted from a combination of COVID and other conditions.
Nine out of ten deceased patients were aged 65 and over.
Since the lifting of the “zero-Covid” policy, the Chinese authorities have so far reported only five deaths at most per day due to the Covid, figures deemed not very credible in view of the long queues in front of the crematoriums. or the large number of body bags seen leaving overcrowded hospitals.
(Report Tony Munroe; French version Jean-Stéphane Brosse)