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  • Writer's pictureTaher Tarraf

Following the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, China observes a rise in mortality rates.

A recent study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle has unveiled that China's abrupt cessation of stringent Covid-19 measures, resulting in the virus's proliferation among its 1.4 billion citizens, potentially contributed to a surge of approximately 2 million natural deaths in the two months following the lifting of restrictions.

Drawing data from several Chinese universities and internet searches, the research revealed a noteworthy increase of around 1.87 million deaths compared to the usual rates for diverse reasons among individuals over 30 years old between December 2022 and January 2023. These deaths were spread across various mainland Chinese regions, excluding Tibet.

China's decision in December to conclude its three-year "zero Covid" policy, which encompassed extensive testing and strict quarantines, seemingly triggered a significant surge in hospital admissions and fatalities, many of which were not publicly disclosed by authorities.

Source: Reuters

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