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The daily death toll rose to 4,273 on January 4 and fell to 896 on January 23.

The number of patients and deaths from the virus has reportedly decreased in the past month in China, which is facing the largest ever mass spread after easing COVID-19 measures at the beginning of last month.

According to official figures announced by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of people who applied to hospitals and clinics with complaints related to the virus, while it was 2 million 860 million on December 23, 2022, decreased by 97.8. percent in a month and fell to 63 thousand on January 23.

After the Chinese government announced the end of epidemic prevention and control measures on December 7, 2022, it stopped reporting the number of cases, patients, and deaths on a daily basis, on the grounds that removing testing requirements made it difficult to detect cases. .

While the number of cases was not stated in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statement, it was assessed that the pandemic was losing its impact, assuming that the number of applicants to hospitals and clinics reflects the case schedule.

While the number of people who were hospitalized due to COVID-19 was recorded as the highest number of cases, reaching 1 million 630 thousand on January 5, it decreased by 84.8% on January 23 to 248 thousand. The number of critically ill patients, which stood at 128,000 on Jan. 5, fell 72 percent to 36,000 as of Jan. 23.

The daily death toll fell to 896

The CDC reports that the daily death toll, which was 4,273 on Jan. 4, fell 79 percent to 896 on Dec. 23.

After removing the Covid-19 measures, the Foundation announced that 59 thousand 938 deaths were recorded on December 8, 2022-January 12, 2023, and 12 thousand, 658 deaths were recorded in the period from January 13 to January 19, thus increasing the number of confirmed deaths in the last epidemic wave . It rose to 72,596 thousand.

The CDC’s chief epidemiologist, Fu Zunyou, said in a statement on the social media site Weibo on January 22 that more than 80 percent of China’s 1.4 billion people were estimated to have been infected in the time since the measures were lifted.

Do the numbers reflect the true picture?

The numbers of patients and deaths cause hesitation due to uncertainty about the standards applied in keeping statistics, as well as being very low compared to estimates based on the size of the Chinese population and the scale of the epidemic.

In the instructions it sent to hospitals at the beginning of last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that deaths in which the main cause of death was pneumonia and respiratory failure due to the virus will be counted from Kovid-19 by introducing new standards in keeping statistics.

The BA.5.2 sub-variant from Omicron dominates

China has faced the largest cluster spread ever in a single country since it lifted measures at the beginning of last month.

The CDC reports that more than 70 percent of Omicron’s BA 5.2 subtype variant was found in scans of 10,165 viral samples collected in mainland China since December 2022.

The BF.7 sub-variant, prevalent especially in the capital Beijing and the nearby city of Tianjin, ranked second at 28 percent.

The other sub-variants, BA.5.1, BA.2.76 and BN.1.3 were detected, each accounting for <4 per thousand cases.

Elderly vaccination

On the other hand, progress has been reported in vaccinating the elderly population. It was shared that 96 percent of the population over the age of 60 received two doses, and 92 percent received a reminder dose.

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