World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has once again asked China for reliable data on Covid hospitalizations and deaths in the country.
“We expect more rapid, regular, reliable data on hospitalizations and deaths from China, as well as more comprehensive, real-time viral sequencing,” Tedros said at a media briefing in Geneva on Wednesday, according to the script of the media briefing. Keep asking for.” Posted on WHO website.
It comes as the WHO held a high-level meeting with counterparts in China last week to discuss the surge in cases and hospitalisations. Subsequently, both the WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on the development of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the Covid-19 Clinical Management Expert Network group met with Chinese experts.
The WHO chief said the UN agency is concerned about the risk to life in China and reiterated the importance of vaccination, including booster doses, to prevent hospitalization and death.
“This is especially important for older people, those with underlying medical conditions, and others who are at higher risk of serious consequences,” he said.
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Last week, several countries implemented mandatory COVID testing for travelers from China amid a “rapidly evolving situation” in the country. He made Covid-19 testing mandatory for passengers arriving from the mainland China due to a surge in coronavirus infections after the country rolled back its draconian “zero-covid” policy.
Beijing on Tuesday alleged that these countries are imposing Covid-19 entry restrictions without the presence of a scientific basis to support such measures.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said during a regular press conference, “Some of these measures are inconsistent and absolutely unacceptable. We strongly reject using COVID measures for political purposes and based on the principle of reciprocity.” But will take similar measures in response to different situations.” On 3 January.
The WHO chief said it is understandable that some countries are taking steps they believe will protect their citizens.
“With so much and no comprehensive data coming out of China — as I said last week, it is understandable that some countries are taking steps that they believe will protect their citizens,” he told the briefing. “
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