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Omicron subvariants BA.5.2, BF.7 driving China's Covid outbreak, says ‘concerned’ WHO; urges Beijing for data

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that China's recent Covid-19 outbreak is predominantly led by the Omicron subvariants BA.5.2 and BF.7, which together account for 97.5% of all local infections, while urging Beijing to deliver rapid and regular data on hospitalisation and death.

This comes as China’s National Health Commission (NHC) stopped publishing daily Covid-19 infections and deaths amid a lack of reliable figures after infections exploded as Covid-19 restrictions in the country were eased..

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