Is Covid Havoc Back? Leaked Documents Show 250 Million People Infected In 20 Days In China
Around 250 million people in China may have caught Covid-19 in the first 20 days of December, multiple reports have said according to an internal estimate from the nation’s top health officials.
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18% of China’s 1.4 billion population infected?
If the estimates are correct, then it accounts for around 18 percent of China’s 1.4 billion population and becomes the largest Covid-19 outbreak ever recorded across the globe, Bloomberg News and the Financial Times reported Friday.
The figures are in stark contrast to the public data of the NHC, which reported just 62,592 symptomatic Covid cases in the first twenty days of December.
Documents from an internal meeting of NHC leaked
The reports said that the figures were presented during an internal meeting of National Health Commission (NHC) on Wednesday. The NHC summary of Wednesday’s meeting said it delved into the treatment of patients affected by the new outbreak.
A copy of the NHC meeting notes was circulated on Chinese social media on Friday. However, the authenticity of the document could not be established.
Figures on report in stark contrast with official numbers
The report said that China recorded 37 million Covid infections on Tuesday alone. That stood in dramatic contrast to the official number of 3,049 new infections reported that day.
Meanwhile, the NHC has stopped publishing daily Covid-19 data on Sunday, amid doubts about their reliability as infections have exploded in the wake of an abrupt easing of tough restrictions.
“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.
Despite the record surge of infections, the NHC had reported no COVID deaths nationwide for four consecutive days before halting the data release. It reported only eight Covid deaths this month.
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