The Chinese official said almost 13,000 COVID-19-related hospital deaths were reported in China between January 13 and January 19, while most people have already been infected with the virus.
The death toll comes a week after China reported that about 60,000 individuals had passed away due to Covid in hospitals. However, since Beijing abruptly ended anti-virus restrictions last month, there has been widespread scepticism about official data.
According to an independent forecasting firm, the daily Covid-deaths in China may reach 36 000 over the Lunar New Year holiday. The estimation also shows that more than 600,000 people have died from the virus since China lifted the Zero-Covid-19 policy in December.
The records only include those who died at the hospital and reported officially, not those who died due to Covid virus at home.
Expert says that the reason for the death toll could be the government’s current lift-banned ‘Covid policy. As a result, millions of people have travelled across the nation to reunite with their families in the New Year lunar festival on Sunday.
On the other hand, the mass movement of the people has caused concern about a new virus outbreak.