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COVID-19 Reporting Changes for China

January 27, 2023 • 1:22 pm CST
WHO report previous seven days, 16 to 22 January 2023
(Coronavirus Today)

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported (Edition 127) that over the last 28 days, over 11 million COVID-19 cases were reported globally, a decrease of 25%, compared to the previous 28 days.

As of January 22, 2023, over 664 million cases had been confirmed during the pandemic that started in late 2019.

However, remarks shared by the WHO's Director-General on January 27, 2023, at the 14th session of the Emergency Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic, indicate case reporting will soon expand to include data from China.

'When you last met in October 2022, the number of weekly reported deaths was near the lowest since the pandemic began – less than 10 thousand a week.

However, since the beginning of December 2022, the number of weekly reported deaths globally has been rising.

Last week, almost 40 thousand deaths were reported to WHO, more than half of them from China.

Today we will update our COVID-19 dashboard to incorporate cases and deaths reported by China in recent weeks.

In total, over the past eight weeks, more than 170 thousand deaths have been reported, stated Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Additional WHO information is posted at this link.