By Darryl Coote
The World Health Organization is calling on China to be more transparent concerning the severity of its COVID-19 outbreak, stating the Asian nation has been underrepresenting its number of hospitalizations and deaths.
The U.N. health body has been meeting its Chinese counterparts to discuss its spiking COVID-19 infections and deaths to better understand what’s driving the outbreak, and were to meet again Thursday along with other member states to discuss the overall COVID-19 situation.
However, while the WHO appreciates the dialogue, it does not have complete data from China, it said.
“We continue to ask China for more rapid, regular, reliable data on hospitalizations and deaths, as well as more compressive, real-time sequencing,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters during a press briefing in Geneva.