China’s top health body stops publishing daily Covid case figures as infections soar

December 25, 2022

CNN —China’s top health authority has announced that it has stopped publishing daily Covid-19 case numbers, as reports claimed that the true toll of the country’s ongoing outbreak is much worse than the official figures published by authorities. The National Health Commission (NHC) said Sunday that “relevant outbreak information” would instead be published by China’s CDC, a sub-department managed by the NHC. The statement did not say how often China’s CDC would publish its Covid reports. According to CNN calculations, it would indicate around 1,563 new daily infections per 100,000 people. In the southern manufacturing hub of Dongguan, a city with a population of more than 10 million, health officials said Friday they are seeing between 250,000 and 350,000 new cases daily.