The World Health Organization said Wednesday it is calling on China to provide more information about its surge in COVID-19 cases.
“WHO still believes that deaths are heavily underreported from China, and this is in relation to the definitions that are used but also to the need for doctors and those reporting in the public health system to be encouraged to report these cases and not discouraged,” Michael Ryan, WHO’s emergencies director, told reporters.
Ryan did praise China’s efforts to increase the number of designated beds in intensive care units and in using antivirals early in the course of treatment.
A lack of extensive data from China has led a number of countries to require testing for Chinese travelers.
“In the absence of data, countries have made a decision to take a precautionary approach and (WHO has) said that that is understandable in the circumstances,” Ryan said.
Some information for this report came from Agence France-Presse.