WHO scientists call on China to reveal real COVID death toll

The World Health Organization’s chief scientific adviser has called for a “more realistic picture” of the COVID-19 situation in China following some obfuscations by China’s communist regime.

WHO will invite Chinese scientists to a closed-door meeting with a technical advisory group on January 3 so they can present data on the COVID-19 variant currently circulating in China. was intended to

But the meeting between WHO and Chinese scientists was closed to the public, closed to the press, and marred by Beijing’s attempt to cover up the true scale of the devastation being caused by COVID-19 in China. is included.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which rules China as a one-party dictatorship, lifted its so-called zero COVID policy in December after historic protests swept the country.But the administration ended the measures rather than phasing them out. Overalland now cases are surging across China.

Marion Koopmans, virologist and WHO commission member, at a press conference ahead of Tuesday’s meeting. Said He called information released by Chinese authorities on hospitalization rates for the novel coronavirus “not very credible” and urged the regime to be more honest with the Chinese people.

“I’d like to see a more realistic situation of what’s actually going on,” Koopmans said.

“Providing more reliable information is in China’s own interest,” he said.

Chinese Communist Party Hiding Mass Deaths and Contagion

The nearly three-year COVID-free lockdown by the Chinese Communist Party has left the Chinese population with little natural immunity to the disease.

Nevertheless, the government report Only 10 Chinese died from COVID-19 in December.

But images of leaked documents from a Chinese Communist Party conference revealed that officials believe as many as 248 million people were infected in the first 20 days of December. The virus has infected more than half of the residents of Beijing’s capital and southwestern China’s Sichuan province, according to documents.

UK-based health data company Airfinity released a report in December. Estimate About 9,000 people die every day in China from COVID-19, and the number could reach 25,000 per day by late January. The cumulative death toll in China since December 1 probably put him at 161,000, the report said.

The BMJ, a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, published an article on Jan. 3 stating that the Chinese Communist Party is changing the criteria it uses to count hospitalizations and deaths, thereby completely compiling meaningful data on COVID-19. I found it obfuscated.

“China has effectively stopped counting COVID-19 cases and deaths, abandoned mass testing, and adopted new death toll standards that exclude most deaths from reporting. ” said the article. Said.

Despite the onslaught of new cases, the Chinese Communist Party announced Reopen borders on January 8th.

The move sparked outcry from the international community and countries around the world are now rushing to introduce testing requirements for all arrivals from China.The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Malaysia and Qatar are among the countries looking to impose tighter restrictions on people entering from China.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Said A Dec. 28 press release said passengers must present a negative COVID test or evidence of recovery before boarding flights from China to the United States.

The CDC said the move “aims to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the United States while COVID-19 cases surge in China.” [People’s Republic of China] Given the lack of adequate and transparent epidemiological and viral genome sequence data reported from China. “

spokesperson for the Chinese Communist Party Said The testing requirements are “unacceptable” and the administration will “take countermeasures” against countries imposing travel restrictions on flights originating from China.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Andrew Thornbrook

Andrew Thornebrooke is a reporter for the Epoch Times covering China-related issues with a focus on defense, military and national security. He has an MA in Military History from Norwich University.