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China's hospitals seem to be filling up – WHO

China's hospitals seem to be filling up – WHO

The head of the World Health Organization said he was "very concerned" Wednesday (Dec 21) about an unprecedented wave of Covid cases in China, urging Beijing to provide detailed information about the severity of the situation.

"WHO is very concerned over the evolving situation in China," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a weekly news conference, appealing for detailed information on disease severity, hospital admissions and intensive care requirements.

China figures show no-one died of Covid on Wednesday but there is scepticism about the disease's real impact.

Since 2020, China has imposed strict health restrictions as part of its zero Covid policy. But, the government ended most of those measures two weeks ago after landmark protests against the strict controls.

The number of cases has since soared, raising fears of a high mortality rate among the elderly, who are particularly vulnerable.

Despite the rise, the official figures show only five people died from Covid on Tuesday and two on Monday.