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Trending News: WHO chief said: China does not give correct report of deaths due to corona, asked to share data


WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
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World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday that the organization’s data on the number of deaths from Kovid-19 worldwide is low due to under-reporting of cases by China.

Nearly 11500 deaths reported to WHO last week
Ghebreyesus told a briefing that about 11,500 deaths had been reported to the WHO last week, according to remarks published on the WHO’s website. Of which about 40 percent was from the Americas, 30 percent from Europe, and 30 percent from the Western Pacific region. However, given the underreporting of coronavirus-related deaths in China, this number is almost certainly an underestimate.

WHO chief urges all countries to share accurate data

The WHO chief urged all countries to share accurate data to contribute to a more effective fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus. Last week, Tedros asked China for reliable data on Covid hospitalizations and deaths in the country.

Tedros told a media briefing in Geneva that we have been asking China for more rapid, regular, reliable data on hospitalizations and deaths, as well as more comprehensive and real-time viral sequencing. The remarks by the WHO chief came after the WHO held a high-level meeting with counterparts in China to discuss the surge in cases and hospitalisations.

In December last year, the Chinese government ended its zero Kovid-19 policy regarding the Corona epidemic after almost three years. Due to which there was a huge increase in cases after a few weeks. Subsequently in January, mandatory PCR testing and centralized isolation for people arriving in China were also cancelled.

Many countries are forced to take strict measures against passengers coming from China
The sudden spike in Covid numbers in China has forced many countries including the US, Italy, Japan and South Korea to take stringent measures against travelers coming from China. During the media briefing, Tedros said that during the pandemic, testing and sequencing helped the WHO track the spread and development of new variants.

Fall in sharing of Corona cases
But since the peak of the Omicron wave, the number of coronavirus cases being shared has dropped by more than 90 percent and the number of countries sharing cases has dropped by a third, he said. The WHO chief said countries did not maintain the same level of testing and sequencing when Omicron peaked. However, he added that the world cannot close its eyes and hope that the virus will go away.

Tedros underlined that sequencing is an important process to detect and track the emergence and spread of new variants such as XBB.1.5. We urge all countries to increase sequencing so that accurate information on corona cases can be shared.

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World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday that the organization’s data on the number of deaths from Kovid-19 around the world is due to under-reporting of cases by China.

Nearly 11500 deaths reported to WHO last week

Ghebreyesus told a briefing that about 11,500 deaths had been reported to the WHO last week, according to remarks published on the WHO’s website. Of which about 40 percent was from the Americas, 30 percent from Europe, and 30 percent from the Western Pacific region. However, given the underreporting of coronavirus-related deaths in China, this number is almost certainly an underestimate.

WHO chief urges all countries to share accurate data

The WHO chief urged all countries to share accurate data to contribute to a more effective fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus. Last week, Tedros asked China for reliable data on Covid hospitalizations and deaths in the country.

Tedros told a media briefing in Geneva that we have been asking China for more rapid, regular, reliable data on hospitalizations and deaths, as well as more comprehensive and real-time viral sequencing. The remarks by the WHO chief came after the WHO held a high-level meeting with counterparts in China to discuss the surge in cases and hospitalisations.

In December last year, the Chinese government ended its zero Kovid-19 policy regarding the Corona epidemic after almost three years. Due to which there was a huge increase in cases after a few weeks. Subsequently in January, mandatory PCR testing and centralized isolation for people arriving in China were also cancelled.

Many countries are forced to take strict measures against passengers coming from China

The sudden spike in Covid numbers in China has forced many countries including the US, Italy, Japan and South Korea to take stringent measures against travelers coming from China. During the media briefing, Tedros said that during the pandemic, testing and sequencing helped the WHO track the spread and development of new variants.

Fall in sharing of Corona cases

But since the peak of the Omicron wave, the number of coronavirus cases being shared has dropped by more than 90 percent and the number of countries sharing cases has dropped by a third, he said. The WHO chief said countries did not maintain the same level of testing and sequencing when Omicron peaked. However, he added that the world cannot close its eyes and hope that the virus will go away.

Tedros underlined that sequencing is an important process to detect and track the emergence and spread of new variants such as XBB.1.5. We urge all countries to increase sequencing so that accurate information on corona cases can be shared.



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