How Deadly Was China’s Covid Wave?
The infection erupted in China after the country loosened the strictest Covid-19 limits in the world in December. One million to 1.5 million people may have perished during the surge, which is significantly more than China’s official tally, according to estimates produced by four different academic teams that are largely comparable.
Researchers think the country significantly undercounted the number of deaths from the epidemic, which was reported as 83,150 on February 9. With that number, China would have experienced the pandemic with the lowest per capita mortality rate of any large nation.
However, based on the researchers’ anticipated death rate, China would already be above the death toll of several Asian nations that have never repressed their populations so harshly or for so long. The estimations are also more consistent than the official figures given the evidence of overcrowded hospitals and crematoriums.
Two of the estimations have been made public in works that have either been peer-reviewed or published in scholarly journals. Epidemiologists released two more in answer to questions from The Times. All of the experts The Times consulted cautioned that the estimations should only be regarded as informed approximations in the absence of accurate data from China.
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Source: UK Daily