Almost 60,000 people died from Covid in China between 8 December 2022 to 12 January 2023, according to China’s Bureau of Medical Administration.
Reuters reported that the number was revealed at a media briefing by the head of the bureau, which is under the National Health Commission of China.
About 5,503 deaths arose from respiratory failures due to Covid infections, with another 54,435 deaths from Covid arising from other underlying conditions.
The average age of death was 80.3, with 90.1% of the fatalities being over the age of 65.
The new numbers come as China switched from their previous stance of zero-Covid.
China previously reported only 2 additional Covid deaths on 18 December, although the accuracy of the data has been disputed.