China has reported zero COVID-19 deaths for the last four days. A British based health data firm estimated that there are nearly 5,000 deaths a day in China from COVID-19.
China will no longer publish daily figures of COVID-19 cases or deaths, the country's National Health Commission (NHC) said Sunday.
The NHC did not give any explanation for changing a policy which had begun in 2020.
"Relevant COVID-19 information will be published by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention for reference and research," the commission said in a statement.
It did not provide any details on how frequently this data would be published.
In the beginning of December after massive pushback and protests,, the Chinese government relaxed its strict zero-COVID policy.
Since the restrictions were lifted, Beijing reported only six COVID-19 deaths.
Last week, a British based health data firm called Airfinity estimated that China is witnessing more than a million infections and nearly 5,000 deaths a day.
Despite the steep surge in infections, the NHC reported zero COVID-19 deaths in China for the last four consecutive days.