Corona virus: China records only 5 deaths, amid doubts about its method of counting the victims

  • Thomas Mackintosh
  • BBC News, London

A health worker takes a swab sample from a woman to test for possible infection with COVID-19 in Shanghai

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China is seeing a surge in Covid cases since many restrictions were eased earlier this month

China has set the way it calculates the number of deaths from COVID-19, amid doubts about the true impact of the disease in the country.

She says the figure only includes those who die from respiratory diseases, such as pneumonia.

There were only five official Covid deaths on Tuesday, two on Monday, and none in the past two weeks.

This method of calculation is at odds with WHO guidelines, resulting in a figure far below the number of deaths in many other countries.

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