FT: China deletes Covid-19 death data

China deletes Covid-19 death data

Financial Times reports that Zhejiang Province in China has deleted mortality data that indicated a significant increase in deaths following the relaxation of COVID-19 controls at the end of last year. The cremation statistics revealed a 73% surge in the number of cremations during the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period in 2022 and 2021. The figures, which raised concerns on Chinese social media, were later taken offline by the authorities. China has faced criticism for not providing detailed and accurate data on COVID-19 deaths, leading to suspicions of underreporting. Excess death data, promised to be made public, has not been released, leaving the local-level cremation data as the only publicly available statistic to track deaths in the country.