The World Health Organization accused China’s “very narrow” definition of Covid deaths on Wednesday, warning that official statistics were not showing the real impact of the outbreak.
“We still do not have complete data,” World Health Organization, emergencies director Michael Ryan told reporters.
He further added that,
“We believe that the current numbers being published from China under-represent the true impact of the disease in terms of hospital admissions, in terms of ICU admissions, and particularly in terms of deaths.”
WHO chief ,Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had earlier informed reporters that the organisation’s officials had held high-level talks in past weeks with China.
He said in a statement,
“We continue to ask China for more rapid, regular, reliable data on hospitalisation and deaths, as well as more comprehensive, real-time viral sequencing,”.
Recall that, China has only recorded 22 Covid deaths since December.