Patients wait on stretchers at Tongren hospital in Shanghai earlier this month. Photo: AFP
Patients wait on stretchers at Tongren hospital in Shanghai earlier this month. Photo: AFP

China records almost 60,000 Covid-related deaths after abrupt shift in policy

  • The figures are the first official toll to be released since the country suddenly lifted most controls last month
  • Most of those who died were over 65, the country’s National Health Commission says

Patients wait on stretchers at Tongren hospital in Shanghai earlier this month. Photo: AFP
Patients wait on stretchers at Tongren hospital in Shanghai earlier this month. Photo: AFP
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