The World Health Organization has called out China for underreporting its current COVID-19 outbreak. Foreign Policy’s Emily Tamkin reports:
The WHO had another warning, too: Although the organization said no variants of concern have emerged from the Chinese data, it admitted that it does not have “complete data” from China.
“We believe that the current numbers being published from China under-represent the true impact of the disease in terms of hospital admissions, in terms of ICU admissions, and particularly in terms of deaths,” the WHO’s emergencies director, Michael Ryan, said, according to the Guardian. China, which recorded just 22 COVID 19-deaths since December, insists that it is sending data in a quick and transparent manner.
Countries around the world are trying to figure out what China’s reopening should mean for their travel policies. On Thursday, Germany joined the ranks of countries, among them the United States, France, and Japan, with some entry requirements for travelers from China. German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach announced that the country will require “at least a rapid test” be taken for Chinese travelers to come from China to Germany.
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