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China's National Health Commission on Sunday, December 25, stopped publishing daily data on COVID-19 amid doubts about its reliability, as the number of infections increased sharply after the easing of tight restrictions.
“Relevant information about COVID will be released by the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention for reference and research”, — The commission said in a statement, without providing a reason for the change or how often the center will update COVID information.
Despite a record spike in infections, the commission has not reported COVID deaths nationwide for four days in a row before suspending data releases.
The country's healthcare system is under enormous strain, state media reports, with staff being asked to work even when they are sick, and retired health workers in rural communities being rehired.
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