Daily number Covid-19 deaths China has seen a nearly 80 percent drop since the start of the month, officials said, a sign that the country’s unprecedented surge in infections is beginning to slow.
The world’s most populous country has seen a wave of virus cases since Beijing abruptly ended its zero-covid policy last month.
The figures from Beijing are believed to represent only a fraction of the true number, given China’s narrow definition of Covid-19 deaths and official estimates that a large portion of the population has been infected.
The CDC said last week that nearly 13,000 people died from Covid-related illnesses between Jan. 13 and 19, adding that an earlier announcement added that nearly 60,000 people died in hospitals in just one month. have been affected by the virus.
But recent local government announcements and media reports have indicated that the tide may be starting to recede since late December and early January, when hospitals and crematoriums were full.
China’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement on Wednesday that there were 896 deaths from the virus in hospitals on Monday, a 79 percent drop since January 4.
Acute cases in hospitals also fell to 36,000 by Monday, representing a 72 percent drop from a peak of 128,000 on Jan. 5, the CDC said.
The announcement came during China’s biggest public holiday, the Lunar New Year, after officials had previously warned that a period of mass travel and social gatherings could lead to a new surge in infections.
As of Tuesday, around 664 million trips had been made across the country during the Lunar New Year, state broadcaster CCTV reported, citing official figures.