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WHO says China still underreports COVID deaths despite providing more data


A staff member walks next to bodies in body bags at a funeral home, as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreaks continue in Shanghai, China, January 4, 2023. REUTERS/Staff

China is still heavily underreporting deaths although it is providing more information on its COVID-19 outbreak, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

“There are some very important information gaps that we are working with China to fill,” said COVID-19 technical lead, Maria Van Kerkhove. COVID-19 infections in China have surged as the country began to lift its zero-COVID measures in December last year.