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China’s National Health Commission (NHC) clarified that only Covid-19 patients who die from respiratory failure will be counted in the official death toll. The commission issued a notice clarifying how it is calculating the death toll from the virus in what it calls a "scientific and realistic manner".
China on Tuesday said only Covid-19 deaths from "respiratory failures" will be included in the official death toll, as the country witnessed a massive spike in infections fueled by new variants of the Omicron strain.
Beijing, which is hit by the BF.7 variant of the Omicron strain, has announced five more deaths in addition to the two on Monday, the first official fatalities since the government abandoned its stringent anti-virus controls earlier this month following widespread anti-government protests against the Zero-Covid policy.
According to health officials, Chinese cities are currently hit by the highly transmissible Omicron strains mainly BA.5.2 and BF.7.