China urges the World Health Organization to take a “neutral” stance on the COVID-19 outbreak

China urges the World Health Organization to take a “neutral” stance on the COVID-19 outbreak

China urges the World Health Organization to take a “neutral” stance on the COVID-19 outbreak

On Thursday, China urged the World Health Organization to take a “neutral” position on the Covid-19 outbreak after the organization criticized the outcome of the epidemic provided by Beijing.

And China had suddenly lifted most of its Covid-19 outbreak control measures in early December, which had helped largely protect its population from the virus since 2020.

But since the measures were lifted, China is facing the worst wave of COVID-19 infections on its soil, which has put great pressure on hospitals and crematoria.

Yesterday, the World Health Organization criticized China’s new, “very narrow” definition of deaths from Covid-19, stressing that the statistics do not reflect the resurgence of the epidemic in the country, and renewed its support for screening for arrivals from China.

“We believe that the current figures released by China do not reflect the reality of the impact of the disease in terms of hospitalizations, intensive care admissions and especially deaths,” Michael Ryan, who is in charge of managing health emergencies at the World Health Organization, said at a news conference in genf.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning told reporters today, “We hope that the World Health Organization will take a science-based, objective and impartial stance and play an active role in the global response to the challenges of the epidemic.”

Mao stressed that China shares “adequate information and data” on the COVID-19 epidemic, stressing the “close cooperation” between China and the World Health Organization.

China only counts Covid-19 deaths for cases where people died solely from respiratory problems after testing positive for the virus. This change in methodology means that a large number of deaths will not be reported as attributable to COVID-19.

China, with a population of 1.4 billion, has recorded just 23 Covid-19-related deaths since December, despite an unprecedented surge in infections in three years.

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