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China stops publishing COVID-19 data amid rise in infections

Update : 25 Dec 2022, 16:40

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.

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