World health organization (who) has called on chinese officials to share more real-time information on covid in the country. who asked for data on hospitalizations, intensive care unit admissions and deaths, as well as data on vaccinations delivered and vaccination status. who director general tedros adhanom ghebreyesus said more detailed information is needed to make a comprehensive risk assessment of the covid situation in china.
Call for more information came shortly after several countries announced they will now be screening travellers from china. this includes the united states, spain, france, south korea, india, italy, japan and taiwan. in england, passengers arriving from china will have to provide a negative test before they board a flight. who has also invited chinese scientists to present detailed data on viral sequencing.
Had one of the toughest anti-covid regimes in the world – known as a zero-covid policy. lockdowns have now been scrapped, and quarantine rules have been abolished. china is reporting about 5,000 cases a day, but analysts say such numbers are vastly undercounted – and the daily caseload may be closer to one million. uk-based health data firm airfinity said on thursday that around 9,000 people in china are probably dying each day from the disease. the who is willing to provide support on data collection, as well as help addressing the issue of vaccine hesitancy. people are now free to travel abroad again, although the who has said it is “understandable” that some countries are imposing fresh restrictions on people travelling from china. officially there have only been 13 covid deaths throughout december.