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Low official toll may leave residents blind to the Covid threat, public-health experts warn
China has reported just a handful of Covid-19 deaths as a wave of Omicron infections has swept the country’s biggest cities, stoking suspicion among public-health experts and relatives of deceased patients that the government isn’t accurately accounting for the impact of the virus.
Despite widespread reports of soaring infections, crowded hospitals and overwhelmed crematoria, Chinese health authorities had by Tuesday reported only seven Covid-related deaths since the country abruptly eased many of its pandemic-control measures more than two weeks ago. Two deaths were reported in Beijing on Monday and five the following day.